Stay Friday, January 11, and Saturday, January 12, at regular rate and add Sunday, January 13, for just $99 more at this St Augustine bed and breakfast. Why would you want to do that? Because St. Augustine is the place to be that weekend!
On January 12, 1888, the Hotel Ponce de Leon opened its doors and became one of the grandest hotel resorts of its day. A landmark in American architecture in the Nation’s Oldest City, the Ponce’s Spanish Renaissance architecture and lavish decoration attracted the wealthy and the elite from presidents to movie stars. On January 12 this year, St. Augustine will celebrate the hotel’s 125th anniversary with a special “Opening Day” event. Walk the same halls as Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison, and Henry Flagler. Trumpeters will announce the arrival of guests to Henry Flagler’s Hotel Ponce de Leon as the gates open and the orchestra plays The Star Spangled Banner on the Loggias. Mingle with the guests and hotel staff and perhaps say hello to Mr. and Mrs. Flagler as they dine in the Hotel’s grand dining room, the Ponce de Leon Hall. The event will take place on Sunday, January 12, 2013, from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm, admission is free. For details, call visit www.ponce125.com.
That evening, Limelight Theatre will host its annual gala production as its major annual fundraising event. A pre-theatre party at the historic Lightner Museum from 5:30 pm-7:30 pm will include an open bar, heavy hors d'ouevres, and a silent auction. At 8 pm, the party will cross the street to the elegant Flagler College Auditorium for a musical tribute to Broadway. Tickets are $75 for pre-party and show, $40 for performance only. Advance reservations required by calling the box office at 825.1164.
Then on Sunday, Flagler’s Emma Concert Series presents Spanish Brass, one of world’s foremost brass quintets. Since winning the first Prize in the 6th “Ville de Narbonne” (France) international Competition for Brass Quintets in 1996, considered the world’s most prestigious event of its type, they have performed worldwide and are recognized as one of the most dynamic and established brass ensembles on the international scene. Their many US tours have made them a favorite of American audiences, including St .Augustine’s . The ensemble is also known as “Spanish Brass Luur metalls.” The “Luur” was a Bronze Age Scandinavian instrument, the ancestor of modern brass instruments. “Metalls” means “brass” in the Valencian language of their home region of Spain. 2 pm, admission $30, Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, 14 Granada Street, www.EmmaConcerts.com.
There are still plenty of rooms available at Bayfront Westcott House, the premiere St Augustine bed and breakfast! Book your room now at www.westcotthouse.com/rooms.htm