Arts come alive for Ponte Vedra Beach

Beaches community is host to a variety of venues and performances

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – For decades, visitors to Ponte Vedra Beach have enjoyed the luxuries that the area is known for: world-famous golf courses, premiere spas and some of the best-rated destination resorts in the country.

But behind the forefront of shopping, dining and recreation, the community of Ponte Vedra Beach unites to create a thriving cultural center amidst a town known for its draw as a vacation spot.One of the biggest cultural centers in Ponte Vedra is also one of its newest: the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. Owned and operated by St. Johns County, this multipurpose arts facility is less than two years old and is housed in the former Cornerstone Baptist Church.The Concert Hall facility is tucked just off of A1A in south Ponte Vedra, within walking and biking distance from some of the community’s top neighborhoods. The Hall’s versatility lends itself to a variety of entertainment and performance options, from movies and intimate concerts to larger standing-room only events.The venue was launched largely with the help of a group of locals called the Friends of the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall. This non-profit organization helped to support the hall since its inception in February of 2011. They continue to work together at fundraisers and other events to ensure that the hall is an inviting and accessible facility for cultural entertainment in order to cultivate the arts in the community.The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall has seen everything from intimate shows by the world-famous Italian singer Patrizio Buanne to large shows with acts like Blues Traveler. The Concert Hall has also partnered with a local public radio station for two summers to present summer movie classics.The community is also home to the Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach, a thriving community hub that presents arts education and many events throughout the year. The Cultural Center was founded in 1994 and is housed in an 8,000 square foot community meeting place in the heart of Ponte Vedra Beach.

Programs at the Cultural Center include offerings for adults and children, as well as communityoutreach that aims to bring art to the underserved communities within St. Johns County. The Center’s outreach efforts have included working at community centers, rehabilitation centers and special needs schools throughout the community.New programs and shows are offered by the Cultural Center year-round and often correspond to holidays and local events. For example, the Center made its foray into the local food movement this year by hosting a sold-out Farm To Table culinary experience that is sure to be repeated after its warm reception by the community. The Center hosts new monthly visual arts shows and a huge selection of summer-long camps for children of all ages.The vibrant community in Ponte Vedra makes for interesting art to say the least. Throughout the year, different and unexpected venues in the community present all kinds of art that’s open to thepublic, and there’s rarely a lack of new art and entertainment to consume.

Weekend art entertainment ranges from dance performances to high-energy live art auctions, and varies from organization to organization. Ponte Vedra is home to a large variety of churches, active senior and social clubs, schools and other community groups that come together throughout the year to present new performances and shows.

About Saint Johns Realty

Founded by Jack and Margarita McCarthy in Ponte Vedra Beach in 1999, Saint Johns Realty is a family-run business that strives to accomplish clients’ goals while providing the finest service in the real estate industry. Jack McCarthy, along with his son Matt and wife Margarita, represents clients throughout the First Coast as well as Europe and the Middle East, with a focus on luxury real estate in Ponte Vedra beach and surrounding areas. Visit www.luxuryhomebrokers.com for more information.