One of the great pleasures of Easter each spring is enjoying brunch with family and friends. This Sunday, April 19, there are plenty of Easter brunch offerings around World Golf Village, Ponte Vedra Beach and historic St. Augustine.

Don’t spend your Easter in the kitchen when you can enjoy a fantastic meal and spend a relaxing holiday with loved ones! Reserve a table at one of these restaurants offering Easter brunch specials. (Hop to it! All of these either require or request reservations!)

  • Villagio at the Renaissance World Golf Village Resort brunch is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The cost is $48 for adults, $24 for kids and $38 for seniors. Reservations are required. To reserve, call (904) 940-8623. Villagio is located at 500 S Legacy Trail, St. Augustine.
 
 
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This Saturday, the St. Augustine Outlet Mall transforms into a transportation wonderland! The annual Feel the Wheels event will take place in the shopping center’s parking lot this Saturday, April 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

All are invited to experience the excitement of riding in trucks, buses, racecars, tractors, construction equipment, fire trucks, boats, military vehicles and even the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office helicopter. The only thing you won’t see is a “do not touch” sign! Kids are invited to explore the vehicles, climb into the driver’s seat, honk the horn, sound the alarm and have fun!

Sponsored by the Junior Service League of St. Augustine, the event was launched in 2012 by tag! Children’s Museum of St. Augustine to spread the joy of play-based learning to kids of all ages.

General admission is $5 and children 2 years and under are free. Visitors can also participate in a raffle contest.

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Northeast Florida’s preeminent music and food celebration is coming this weekend, April 5-7, to Francis Field in the Oldest City! The 24th Annual Rhythm & Ribs Festival combines great barbeque, live music and fun times, all for a good cause.

Hosted by the St. Augustine Sunrise Rotary Club, the event’s proceeds benefit many organizations like Betty Griffin House, St. Francis House, Habitat for Humanity, S.A.F.E. Pet Rescue, St. Augustine Orchestra, and many other important community institutions.

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Come see a wide variety of Northeast Florida’s beautiful flora at the annual Flower & Garden Expo this weekend at the St. Johns County Agricultural Center. The event will run Saturday, March 30, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, March 31, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The event is presented by The Garden Club of St. Augustine and sponsored by EPIC Behavioral Healthcare. Visitors will be treated to a huge array of native plants, butterfly plants, colorful flowering plants, herbs, succulents, ferns and trees, as well as everything needed to start or enrich your garden.

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SPRING STORES and MORE

Posted by: Rick Pariani in Community Involvement, News
 

As our national and local economy remains robust, we can expect many more commercial, retail, office, personal service, dining, and entertainment options to blossom and complement our community.

The greater World Golf Village community has a pair of mixed use “crossroads” that continue to attract a good diversity of development.

The main crossroad complex is at the intersection of International Golf Parkway (IGP), Pacetti Road (C.R. #13A) and S.R. #16. For some time, the intersection has been anchored by a 52,000 SF Publix and a pair of corner drugstores, Walgreens and CVS. The original center, The Shoppes at Murabella, has a full roster of tenants and the Walgreens corner has a new Auto Zone.

There are now many new developments expanding the intersection area. The adjacent Markets at Murabella is anchored by Willie Jewel’s BBQ and Gators Dockside and has more capacity in its soon to develop phase II addition. Another segment, The Markets at Capulet, has filled with businesses and restaurants, stretching east to the Vystar bank, including Cinco de Mayo, Brucci’s Pizza Place, Dunkin Donuts and dueling mattress stores.

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Every spring for the past 37 years, historic St. Augustine has stood astheplace for great seafood, live music, and good times. This year, the tradition continues with the 38th St. Augustine Lions Seafood Festival! It all goes down this weekend, March 22 to 24, at Francis Field.

Presented by Lions Club International, the festival is a staple for locals and tourists seeking games and rides, shopping, music and, of course, delicious local seafood. Dozens of seafood vendors will be present offering fish, crab, shrimp, mussels, calamari, and more, prepared in a wide range of cooking styles. For land lovers, vendors will also be selling Italian, Asian, and fair-style foods.

An Arts & Crafts Village will include more than 100 vendors selling handcrafted items such as housewares, pottery, artwork, and accessories.

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This week, The PGA Tour’s Players Championship will ascend upon Ponte Vedra Beach and tens of thousands of spectators will gather at Sawgrass to watch golf’s greatest players compete.

But, after watching Rickie Fowler finish his last hole of the day, that sinking feeling sets in. Exhausted, you resign yourself to sitting in maddening bumper-to-bumper traffic.

Great news: you don’t have to! There are plenty of activities surrounding the golf course to avoid traffic headaches and have a great time.

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You don’t have to wait until St. Patrick’s Day on March 17 to celebrate Celtic heritage! The 9th Annual St. Augustine Celtic Music & Heritage Festival is coming to Francis Field this Saturday and Sunday, March 9-10. The hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday.

A wide array of activities is planned for the weekend event including Highland Games, a parade, Celtic artisans and vendors, food, entertainment and more.

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade will kick off the festivities on Saturday at 10 a.m. This is the world’s oldest St. Patrick’s Day parade, starting way back in 1601! The parade will make its way throughout historic downtown where the echoes of bagpipes and drums will be heard by all!

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The 26th annual Chocolate & Beyond celebration is coming to First Coast Technical College this Saturday, March 2, from 2 to 4 p.m. Visitors will be treated to samples of locally made chocolates, desserts and other sweets from some of our area’s finest restaurants and specialty shops.

Guests will have the chance to participate in a raffle, “Guess the Number of Chocolates” contest and silent auction. The auction will include hotel and restaurant gift certificates, sports memorabilia and admission tickets for local attractions and events.

Event proceeds benefit the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of St. Johns County. Its primary focus is on recruiting, training and placing senior volunteers, which number nearly 150, into St. Johns County schools to mentor and tutor students in reading and math. The volunteers also assist in the Head Start preschool reading program.

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A day of beauty, wellness, fashion and fun is coming to the Renaissance Resort World Golf Village on Sunday, February 24! The Fashion & Beauty Expo, hosted by Jacksonville Business Connections, will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and feature more than 50 vendors.

 

 

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