Each Thursday between Memorial Day and Labor Day, St. Augustine turns from the Oldest City into Music City USA! That’s thanks to Concerts in the Plaza, which is kicking off its 29thseason tonight.

Each Thursday evening, a different local and regional musical act performs in the gazebo of the Plaza de la Constitución in historic St. Augustine. The free concerts last from 7 to 9 p.m. Spectators are welcome to bring chairs, blankets and coolers (no alcohol please) to set up on the lawn and enjoy the show.

Here is this season’s lineup and the style of music for each:

May 30 – The Driftwoods (bluegrass)
June 6 – The Raisin Cake Orchestra (New Orleans jazz)
June 13 – The Grapes of Roth (classic rock)
June 20 – The Mike Hart Band (blues/rock/jazz)
June 27 – Timberwood (acoustic folk/rock)

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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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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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Twenty-two years ago, in the Spring of 1997, I moved my family to North Florida. We started our family in Boca Raton, Florida, then moved to Laguna Beach, California. Prior to the Centennial Olympic Games, we relocated to the Buckhead community in Atlanta, Georgia. After the Games, we decamped Atlanta for Ponte Vedra Beach. Once our children were literally off-and-running with their careers, we down-sized into one of Jacksonville’s historic neighborhoods, first platted in 1921.

Before coming here, we did enjoy our lives in those very pretty, and often celebrated, places.  It is true – wherever you are – it is what you make of it. In that regard, it is extremely easy to make our place thoroughly enjoyable. Here are a few things that are extraordinary about this place:

10. Regionally, we are steeped in history, heritage and traditions – from the settlement of St. Augustine in 1565 to the friendly, southern hospitality of today.

9. Friends and family are eager to come for visits – knowing there are numerous local and/or near-by unique events to experience and interesting destinations to explore.

8. The citizenry is active and engaged with a business, manufacturing and military legacy creating a viable, strong economy and a safe and secure community.

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