St. Augustine Film Festival, Jan. 23-25

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Credit: Bonnie Cammeron

St. Augustine is rolling out the red carpet for movie lovers on the opening night of its 5th Annual Film Festival, which runs this year from January 23-25. A photographer will be on site to take pictures on the red carpet before the Lightner Museum Opening Night Gala on Friday, January 23. The festival show list includes foreign films as well as work by Flagler College students, featured on the last day of the festival. After three days of movie marathon, St. Augustine Film Festival will conclude on Sunday with the Wrap Party atop Ponce Hall in the restored Solarium that offers 360 degree views of historic Old City St. Augustine.

For full schedule of movies and activities and to view movie trailers, check out the Saint Augustine Film Festival website.

Meet the Giant Manatees

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© Patrick M. Rose, Save the Manatee Club

Did you know that Florida’s state official marine mammal is manatee? November is Manatee Awareness Month in Florida, including St. Augustine, where these gentle marine creatures take refuge in the warm water during winter months. Also known as sea cows, on average, adult manatees are about 10 feet long and weigh between 800-1,200 pounds. Manatees are herbivores – they eat over 60 different freshwater and saltwater plants, and they can consume 100-150 pounds of food a day. These gray giants like shallow waters and can be easily spotted year-round along the Florida coast. The deck of Pearl of the Sea Luxury Bed & Breakfast is a great spot for viewing manatees and snapping pictures of them.

 

Old City Farmers Market

Dec 7, 2013 – Dec 27, 2014 Every Saturday 8:30 am – 12:30 pm

st augustine farmers marketVisit the Old City of St Augustine Farmers Market for fresh produce, baked goods, hand-crafted items and plants directly from the producers. You’ll find fresh seafood in season. You may also want to check out the music of local performers and you can even bring your instrument if you have one and wish to join in.

The Farmers market is always a lot of fun for the whole family with live entertainment and much more.

The Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse in the United States

Located near the City Gates, The Old School House is a surviving expression of another time. Built over 200 years ago, while Florida was under the rule of Imperial Spain, it was constructed of red cedar and cypress and put together with wooden pegs and handmade nails.

The schoolmaster and his wife lived upstairs, above the small classroom. Their kitchen was separated from the main building, because of the threat of fire and to spare the house of any excess heat during the long summers. Several of the cooking utensils used in those days are displayed here for the visitor. In the schoolhouse, related artifacts and copies of the books the pupils studied from are exhibited.

Check out the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse in the United States and book now for lodging close by.