While Ringling Bros. ended its 147-year run last year, we still love the whimsical charm of the circus. St. Augustine Amphitheatre is helping to keep that charm alive by hosting the Venardos Circus from December 19 through January 27, 2019.

 

Unlike a customary circus, Venardos bills itself as “The American Circus with the heart of a Broadway Show” and features a theatrical style format along with aerialists, clowns, dancers, acrobats, magicians and more traditional performances.

 

The circus will hold 50 performances during its residency, allowing for plenty of chances to check out the show, including multiple daily performances on weekends (Friday, Saturday and Sunday). No performances are scheduled for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day or New Year’s Eve.

 

During its St. Augustine residency last winter, Venardos Circus created quite a buzz and numerous shows were even sold out.

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St. Augustine’s signature nautical event, Regatta of Lights, will set sail this Saturday, December 8. The parade will kick off at 6 p.m. and be viewable from anywhere along Matanzas Bay between the Bridge of Lions and the Castillo de San Marcos (“the fort”).

 

Find a cozy spot along the bayfront (or grab a seat at a waterfront eatery like Harry’s Seafood or A1A Ale Works) and take in the show of brilliantly festooned boats of every shape and size. Personal fishing boats, yachts, commercial shrimping boats, sailboats—spectators will be treated to a bevy of decorated vessels. Participating boats will make two laps around the bay so don’t worry if you miss the first pass!

 

This is the 38thyear of the annual parade. According to event host St. Augustine Yacht Club, the Regatta of Lights “reflects the maritime roots and rich nautical heritage of St. Augustine.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The evening caps off with awards for best theme, most colorful, best in class and best overall (award winners will be posted on St. Augustine Yacht Club’s Facebook page).

 

Regatta of Lights accompanies St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights, the award-winning holiday lights display currently illuminating historic downtown. Nights of Lights runs until February 3, 2019.

 

For more information on the Regatta of Lights, call (904) 824-9725 or visit here.

 
 
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By next spring, northern St. Johns County residents will enjoy the benefits of close-by amenities just like our Jacksonville neighbors. With the development of the Pavilion at Durbin Park, World Golf Village and other northern SJC residents will have easy access to popular shops, restaurants and entertainment.

 

Tucked between Race Track Road and the new 9B connector, the town center is comprised of multiple phases and will cover 1,600 acres. Many of the Phase 1 businesses are expected to open by spring 2019. In fact, the new Walmart is already open.

Thanks to 9B’s completion and the new CR 2209 roadway construction through Silverleaf (connecting CR 210 to SR 16), getting to Durbin Park will soon be easier for World Golf Village residents.

Once completed, Durbin Park will feature the largest shopping center in Northeast Florida. In addition to stores and restaurants, development is planned for hotels, office space and multifamily residential units. Durbin Park will also boast greenspace and bike trails.

Here is a full list of the businesses coming to Durbin Park:

Asian Fusion

AT&T Wireless

Baptist Health

Bass Pro Shop (phase 2)
Burlington
Care Spot
Chase Bank
Cinemark Durbin Park (12-screen movie theater)

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Why spend your Thanksgiving dedicating hours to cooking and cleaning up when you can relax and enjoy the Happy Thanksgiving Buffet hosted by the Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village?

Each year, the folks at the Renaissance prepare a full Thanksgiving feast with all the trimmings. This Thanksgiving, which falls on November 22, the resort will no doubt exceed expectations with another delicious banquet.

The Turkey Day meal is perfect for an entire extended family looking to enjoy everyone’s company, or just a couple seeking a quiet, no-fuss holiday meal.

The Happy Thanksgiving Buffet will last from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and includes entertainment by Ken Edwards. The cost is $48 for adults, $42 for seniors and $26 for children.

Forget the stress of cooking this year! Make reservations today by calling (904) 940-8696.

The Renaissance is located at 500 South Legacy Trail, St. Augustine, 32092, in heart of World Golf Village.

 
 
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Historic St. Augustine’s 25th Annual Nights of Lights kicks off on Saturday, November 17, when the city turns on its 3 million twinkling lights to spread holiday cheer throughout the Oldest City!

Don’t miss Flagler College and the Lightner Museum, which are known for their especially spectacular displays. Lights continue throughout the Plaza de la Constitución, which also features a large Christmas tree.

Saturday’s festivities start with live music at 4 p.m. outside the Lightner Museum, followed by a special performance by the All Star Orchestra in the Plaza de la Constitución at 5:30 p.m. At 6:30 p.m., the big countdown begins to light the tree and all 3 million lights around town. Live music continues until 8 p.m.

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This weekend, plan to visit the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum for a special promotion! All active duty military, veterans and their dependents will receive free admission to the museum November 10 and 11.

Also, enjoy a round on the 18-hole natural grass putting green for just $5 per person. Feeling lucky? Take two shots on the Challenge Hole for just $5 (or five shots for $10).

In addition to the activities offered, the Hall of Fame features permanent as well as special exhibits throughout the facility. Just some of the current exhibits worth pursuing include:

  • Gary Player: Grand Slam Success
  • Honoring the Legacy: A Tribute to African-Americans in Golf
  • Bob Hope: Shanks for the Memory
  • Nancy Lopez: Pride, Passion & Personality
  • History in the Making (featuring memorabilia from professional tournaments and major championships highlighting record-breaking performances and other historic moments)
  • Hall of Fame Inductee Exhibits (including Class of 2019 inductees Peggy Kirk Bell, Retief Goosen, Billy Payne, Jan Stephenson and Dennis Walters)

Join the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum in honoring veterans, active military and their families this weekend! Visit www.worldgolfhalloffame.org for more information.

 

 
 
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Flagler Broadcasting’s Beach 105.5 will present “A Salute to Veterans and First Responders” this Saturday, November 3, at St. Augustine Amphitheatre! The concert features Grammy Award winning artist David Ball with special guest and local favorite Pellicer Creek Band.

David Ball

Pellicer Creek Band

The event is free and open to the public, and the first 200 veterans and first responders to enter will get reserved seating.

The fun kicks off at 4 p.m. at the Amphitheatre’s Front Porch.  The main show is located at the Backyard Stage where Pellicer Creek Band will perform at 7 p.m. followed by David Ball at 8:15 p.m.

David Ball’s career has spanned 25 years. His hit song “Thinking Problem” was the top selling country song of 1994, while his song “Riding with Private Malone” is a favorite among veterans.

St. Augustine Amphitheatre is located at 1340 A1A South in St. Augustine, FL 32080.

Limited paid parking is available in the St. Augustine Amphitheatre Main Lot, but only with advance purchase of a Premium Parking ticket. Free satellite parking areas are located within one mile of the Amphitheatre. For more information about the concert and parking information, visit here.

 
 
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Looking for a fun and meaningful family event this weekend? The 23rd Annual Ancient City Kids Day is coming to Francis Field this Saturday, October 27, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The popular annual event is free to all and includes games, arts & crafts, giveaways and contests, bounce houses and live entertainment, as well as kid-friendly food and drinks available for purchase.

The event is hosted by EPIC Behavioral Healthcare and includes involvement by more than 40 youth service organizations. While the kids engage in various games and activities, parents can learn about community resources available for families. One Blood will also be holding a blood drive during the event.

T-shirts and goody bags will be handed out to all children who attend (while supplies last).

Live Entertainment Schedule:

11 a.m. Good Puppy (local band made up of kids)

12 p.m. Showtime USA (dance troupe)

1 p.m. Drum Circle with Unk’l Ray Nutter (interactive drumming activity)

2 p.m. 3NMotion (dance troupe)

Francis Field is located at 25 W. Castillo Drive in St. Augustine’s historic district. For more information, please call EPIC at (904) 829-2273 or visit epicbh.org.

 
 
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The Lightner Museum will celebrate its 70th anniversary as well as the 130th anniversary of the former Alcazar Hotel (the building where the museum is now housed) this Friday, October 19, from 7 to 10 p.m.

The event, dubbed Promenade the Alcazar, will treat guests to music, light hors d’oeuvres, wine and plenty of fascinating stories about the museum and the hotel that preceded it.

Upon entering the courtyard, guests will enjoy music from the Raisin Cake Orchestra and architectural tours of the historic Alcazar Hotel courtyard.

Inside, wine tastings and hors d’oeuvres will be available throughout the museum’s four levels. Guests will also be able to engage with the museum’s collection and the rich history of the building. A representative from Museum Hack, a New York-based company known for its out-of-the-box approach to museum tours, will be in the galleries to provide fun insights.

Lightner’s curators will also be unveiling several newly restored exhibition spaces and introducing plenty of items for the first time that have been tucked away in storage!

The evening will culminate in the historic pool and mezzanine areas with additional hors d’oeuvres and wine. A special performance in the historic pool area will be delivered by New York’s Michael Arenella and His Dreamland Orchestra (best known for performances at events including the Cannes Film Festival and The Manhattan Cocktail Classic).

As an added bonus, attendees will also be eligible to win a Viking Cruise for two to a European destination. It includes a river-view stateroom with deluxe accommodations.

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To mark its 20th year, World Golf Village will hold a Golf Festival throughout the community this weekend. The event is free to the public and features interactive activities with something special for golf fans of all ages!

 

Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Here are some of the festival events:

 

Thursday, October 11

The Golf Collector’s Society will host an auction (open to the public) from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Renaissance Resort.

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