Weekend Roundup for Sept. 8, 2016


‘Arboreal’ exhibit opening
The opening reception for the Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach’s new exhibit “Arboreal” featuring two Florida artists, Seth Satterfield and Linda Richichi, will take place Friday, Sept. 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibit will be on display at the Cultural Center, located at 50 Executive Way, through Oct. 15. The main gallery is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, call 904-280-0614 ext 204 or www.ccpvb.org

‘Merrily We Roll Along’

The Atlantic Beach Experimental Theatre’s 25th season kicks off Sept. 9 with “Merrily We Roll Along” on stage through Sept. 25. Performances take place at the Adele Grage Cultural Center located at 716 Ocean Blvd. in Atlantic Beach. For tickets, call (904) 249-7177 or visit www.abettheatre.com.

Sing Out Loud Festival Main Showcase

The Sept. 9 Sing Out Loud Festival Main Showcase lineup will feature Indigo Girls, Booker T. Jones, and The Travelin’ McCourys as well as the recently added performance by Southern-born, Brooklyn-based indie-folk trio the Lone Bellow. Due to unforeseen circumstances, Brandi Carlile and Greg Holden, both originally scheduled to perform at the Sept. 9 event, will be unable to perform.

To stay up-to-date with the Sing Out Loud Festival schedule and lineup additions or changes, visit the official festival website at www.singoutloudfestival.com or SingOutLoudSJC on Facebook or download the newly released Sing Out Loud Festival app, now available to all iPhone and Android users. 

Sound: An Exhibition of Sound Art
Sound: An Exhibition of Sound Art featuring 17 artists will be on display at the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum Sept. 2-Nov. 22. An exhibition walkthrough with curators Michael Dickens and Barry Jones will take place Sept. 2 at 4 p.m., followed by the opening reception from 5 to 9 p.m. The museum is located at 48 Sevilla St., St. Augustine. For more information, call (904) 826-8530.

Bonjour Paris
Visit Sidney Cardel’s Sept. 9 from 4 to 7 p.m. for hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and a first look at Sidney Cardel’s new, one-of-a-kind finds from Paris. Sidney Cardel’s is located at 237 5th Ave. S., Jacksonville Beach. For more information, call (904) 372-4000 or visit www.sidneycardels.com.

Beaches League of Storytellers

The Beaches League of Storytellers will start a new year with the topic “Dive into Storytelling: The How and Why of Storytelling for Adults.” The meeting will be Saturday, Sept. 10 at 10 a.m. in the Pablo Towers Community Hall, 115 Third St., Jacksonville Beach. There will be stories, workshop and discussions. The league has been active for more than 30 years in the beaches. Anyone interested in the ancient art of storytelling is welcome. Call Marianne at (904) 280-2976 or visit www.beachesstorytellers.com.

Riding the Rails: Pablo Beach Train Day
The inaugural Beaches Museum & History Park Riding the Rails: Pablo Beach Train Day will be held Saturday, Sept. 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Activities will include two operating model train displays in the museum’s 1900 FEC Mayport Depot and the museum lobby; an antique toys table; tours of the museum’s 1911 steam locomotive, Mayport Depot, and 1900 FEC Foreman’s House; and more. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Beaches Museum at (904) 241-5657 or email info@beachesmuseum.org.

Butterfly Happening and Plant Sale

Native Gardens Nursery will host an informative butterfly event and plant sale Sept. 9-10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Native Gardens Nursery is located just west of St. Augustine at 1660 County Road 13A S, Elkton, Florida. For more information, call (904) 692-3927 or visit www.nativeplantconsulting.com.

The Founding of St. Augustine 2016
On Saturday, Sept. 10, the annual historical re-enactment of Capitán-General Don Pedro Menéndez de Avilés’ landing and anniversary commemoration will be presented by the volunteers of non-profit Florida Living History, Inc.

The re-enactment will take place at the traditional site of Menéndez’ landing – Mission Nombre de Dios, 27 Ocean Ave., St. Augustine.

The anniversary commemoration will begin at 10 a.m. and will end approximately at noon. In addition to the re-enactment of Menéndez’ landing, the heritage event will also include a Mass of Thanksgiving, celebrated by Bishop Felipe J. Estévez and a proclamation by St. Augustine Mayor Nancy Shafer.

Admission is free. Ample, free parking will be available on site. Seating is limited, so it is recommended to bring a folding chair.

For more information on Founding Day 2016, email info@floridalivinghistory.org.

St. Augustine Distillery Florida Double Cask Bourbon release
The St. Augustine Distillery will release its first batch of Florida Double Cask Bourbon to the public Sept. 9 in the distillery’s gift shop.

Florida Double Cask Bourbon is a dark amber, malted bourbon distilled and bottled on-site using local ingredients. The spirits in this first bourbon release range from 16 to 28 months.

The bourbon was a Triple Gold Medal winner in the 2016 MicroLiquor Awards and Triple Gold Medal winner for package design.

The distillery is located at 112 Riberia St., St. Augustine. Free, guided tours and tastings are offered every half hour from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

For more information, call (904) 825-4962 or visit www.staugustinedistillery.com.

St. Johns Town Center to host Restaurant Week kick-off Sept. 10

Culinary tastings, cooking demonstrations and live entertainment will be among the offerings this weekend as St. Johns Town Center hosts the kick-off party for Sip & Savor Jax: Jacksonville Restaurant Week

To be held Saturday, Sept. 10 from 4 to 9 p.m., the Sip & Savor kick-off party is open to the public and will be held at St. Johns Town Center between the Coach and Brooks Brothers stores. The free event will also include food and wine tastings, family activities, and giveaways.

Sip & Savor Jax is a 15-day city-wide culinary experience that begins Sept. 11. Participating restaurants will offer three-course prix-fixe menus – an appetizer, main entrée and dessert – at price points of $15, $25, $25 and $45. Flying Iguana, Restaurant Medure, HOBNOB, Bistro Aix, and Taverna are among the featured city-wide participating restaurants.

As an extension to the culinary event, select bars and breweries, including Engine 15 and The Hourglass Pub, will feature a specialty cocktail or draft beer unique to Jacksonville Restaurant Week.

In addition, Jacksonville Beer Week will be held in conjunction with Jacksonville Restaurant Week from Sept. 17-24 and will feature events at local breweries, brew pubs, restaurants and bars. Beer Week will conclude with the 2nd Annual Mash In Festival Sept. 24 at Engine 15’s Glass Factory in downtown Jacksonville. Tickets are on sale now at https://jaxbeerweek.eventbrite.com.   

For more information about Sip & Savor Jacksonville, visit www.visitjacksonville.com/sipsavorjax.  

2016 Ponte Vedra Auto Show

To be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11 at Nocatee Town Center Field, the 2016 auto show will feature up to 175 new and classic cars competing for more than 30 trophies. Award categories include Classic, Post-War and categories for off-road vehicles and golf carts. Admission to the 13th annual Ponte Vedra Auto Show presented by Fields Auto Group is free. As this year’s auto show falls on the 15th anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attack, the event will include a special tribute at 10 a.m. For more information, visit http://pvautoshow.businesscatalyst.com/