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Labor Day Events in St. Augustine-our 445th Birthday!

Come to St. Augustine this Labor Day Weekend to celebrate the 445th Birthday of the Nation's oldest city.

Click here for information on events in St. Augustine.

Friday-Sunday: September 3-5


Birthday BalloonsBeginning on Friday and continuing through Sunday, the Fountain of Youth will feature an encampment with re-enactors portraying Timucuas and the Spanish soldiers and colonists who lived in St. Augustine 445 years ago.  The re-enactments will at 9 a.m. The re-enactment of The Landing will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday when Pedro Menendez will arrive by boat at Mission Nombre de Dios on San Marco Avenue, adjacent to the Fountain of Youth. The Spanish colonists landed along this shoreline in 1565.  After the landing, Dr. Bonnie McEwan, the director of Mission San Luis, will speak about the importance of Mission Nombre de Dios, the first mission established here by the Spaniards.  Bishop Victor Galeone will conduct a Celebration Mass at the mission's outdoor altar on the grounds where Father Lopez performed mass on the day of the City of St. Augustine's birth 445 years ago. Then a procession of 16th century Spanish soldiers' re-enactors will carry the actual casket of Pedro Menendez in a solemn procession to its new home in the new Mission Nombre de Dios Museum.  Bishop Galeone will provide a blessing and dedication ceremony for the new museum.  All of these events are free and open to the public.  Click here for more information about the landing re-enactment at the museum or call 904-824-2809.

On Saturday at 4:45 p.m., the First Thanksgiving will be re-enacted on the grounds of the Fountain of Youth.  This well-documented event occurred on this site on September 8, 1565 when Timucuas and Spaniards shared their food in a Feast of Thanksgiving.  The re-enactment will include a cooking contest with entries limited to ingredients that would have been readily available on that date at that location.  The public will be invited to sample the entries.  Admission to the Fountain of Youth is free for St. Johns County residents. For more information about the encampment and cooking contest, call 904.829.3168. Full details on all of the Birthday Celebration events can be found on the City of St. Augustine's website.


Friday: September 3


Enjoy the latest exhibits, music, entertainment and refreshments at over 20 participating galleries. Tours begin at Rembrandtz American Craft Gallery, 131 King Street.  Galleries are open from 5 to 9 p.m.  St. Augustine Sightseeing Trains and Old Town Trolleys offer attendees a complimentary shuttle service to most of the galleries.  Shuttles run on a continuous loop every 30 minutes.  Click here for more information or call 904-829-0065.


Let the staff at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm entertain your kids in a safe and educational environment while you enjoy a night on the town.  From 6 to 10 p.m. kids will enjoy pizza, drinks, hands-on animal presentations, twilight zoo tour, a craft, nocturnal games and lots of fun!  Open to kids ages 5-12.  Tickets are $30 ($25 for members).  For more information, call 904-824-3337.


The Andrew Young Foundation will present the new documentary Change in the Wind at 7:30 p.m. in the Flagler College Auditorium, 14 Granada Street in St. Augustine.  The film tells the little-known story of a secret friendship between Gone With the Wind author Margaret Mitchell and Dr. Benjamin E. Mays, former president of the traditionally black Morehouse College.  The event is free and doors open at 7 p.m.  For more information, call 904-819-6400.


Talk to local artists and even take an art class at Ripley's Believe It or Not! in St. Augustine.  During First Friday Art Walk, artist John Koehler will provide paints, brushes, canvasses and expert instruction for $45.  Ripley's offers free parking and the Art Walk Tour Train stops there for easy access to the complete tour throughout the city.  For more information, call 904-824-1606.


As part of First Friday Art Walk, a new exhibit of works created by Flagler College art professor Donald Martin will open at the college's Crisp-Ellert Art Museum.  An opening reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. and the exhibit will be on display through September 17.  For more information, call 904-826-8530.


Friday and Saturday: September 3-4


Pink BalancingThis was the first event I saw at the new St. Augustine Amphitheatre and am glad they are coming back to St. Augustine. Direct from Hebei, China, this acrobatic company has traveled to all 50 states and to over 65 countries on five continents. The Golden Dragons will perform each night at 7:30 p.m. at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, located at 1340 A1A in St. Augustine. Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for seniors & children under 12 years old. For more information, call 904-471-1965.

History and mystery book signing at Ripley's

The history and the mystery of Ripley's Castle Warden will be highlighted with a pair of book signings.  Beginning at 4 p.m. on Friday, Karen Harvey, author of Oldest Ghosts - St. Augustine Haunts, will be signing copies of her latest book, St. Augustine Enters the Twenty-First Century. On Saturday, starting at 2 p.m., David Lapham, author of Ghosts of St. Augustine and Ancient City Haunts will be signing copies of his newest book, Ghosthunting Florida.  The signings take place at the original Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum, 19 San Marco Avenue in St. Augustine.  For more information, call 904-824-1606.


Saturday: September 4


Join GTM Research Reserve Volunteer Rick Edwards for this "Beaches 101" experience; an informative and fun walk and learn about the sand, the importance of the dunes, and the animals that call the beach their home. The walk departs at 8:30 a.m. from the Guana South Beach Parking area, located approximately 2 miles north of the Environmental Education Center on 505 Guana River Road at Ponte Vedra Beach South. Admission is $3 per vehicle. For more information call 904-823-4500.


Come spend a Saturday in the park listening to live music, enjoying art exhibits, tasting beer & wines, viewing vintage cars - there's even a special kids zone. It all takes place from noon to 9 p.m. at Francis Field, located behind the Historic Downtown Parking Facility on Castillo Drive in St. Augustine. Admission is $3, children under 5 free.  For more information, contact the Music & Arts Foundation of St. Augustine at 904-814-8010.


Sunday: September 5


With 19 number one hits, Toby Keith is one of country music's true megastars.  Beginning at 7:15 p.m., see Toby's American Ride Tour live on stage at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre.  Ticket prices range from $40 to $87 with a special 2 tickets for $40 to sit in the Hell Raiser section.  The St. Augustine Amphitheatre is located at 1340 A1A in St. Augustine.


Monday: September 6


The St. Augustine Jazz Society performs a free concert from 1 to 5 p.m. in St. Augustine's Plaza de la Constitucion. Click here for more information or call 904-825-1004.

For more information about St. Augustine and homes for sale in St. Augustine, please visit Barbara Jenness' website.

Barbara Jenness takes joy in assisting people in buying or selling their home or land in northeast Florida (St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra,  and Jacksonville). She is a community activist and leader serving as President of Friends of A1A 2008-2010, Past President of Scenic & Historic A1A in St. Johns County for over 10 years, and past vice-president of Vilano Beach Main Street (North Shores Improvement Association). She is a past president for WCR in St. Augustine and a member of South Ponte Vedra Civic Association, Porpoise Point, Serenata Beach Club, and Palencia. She founded and is a Past President of the St. Augustine Regional Council (StAR Council) to promote the St. Augustine area to individuals outside the region.

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Comment balloon 0 commentsBarbara Jenness • September 03 2010 08:09AM