The kids are heading back to school and soon their minds will be filling with all the wonders of the world. But don’t let them have all the fun. While they’re learning new things and acquiring new skills, the adults can too. Whether you want to get out on the dance floor, look up at the stars, explore the natural world, or step into the kitchen, the experts in St. Augustine are ready for you. These local classes, clubs, tours, and talks will take you back to school in a really fun way.
Veterans of the stage and theatrical novices alike can benefit from some coaching from the local experts. Limelight Theatre and The Adventure Project offer regular classes for adult actors of all skill levels and even improv for those ready to break out of their comfort zone.
St. Augustine is the perfect spot to brush up on your knowledge of architecture. The Homes & Buildings of St. Augustine tour is hosted by St. Augustine Historic Walking Tours every third Friday of the month, and the St. Augustine Art Association gives an Art & Architecture tour on the second Sunday.
Creating a piece of art in any medium is almost therapeutic – a peaceful way to spend your time and make something beautiful. The St. Augustine Art Association hosts regular art workshops as well as non-instructional studio sessions. Creative Me Art Studio also offers workshops throughout the year in a variety of mediums.
Take a moment to turn your eyes upward and examine the stars. At the monthly meetings of the Ancient City Astronomy Club, you’ll be able to chat under the stars with a group of amateur astronomy enthusiasts that are excited to promote an interest in the heavens.
We all love the dessert stylings of the local pastry-extraordinaires at Creme de la Cocoa, and they’re ready to pass on some of that knowledge to you. From truffles to flavors, from marshmallows to pie, your baking game is about to be taken to the next level.
Even if you’ve never stepped out onto a dance floor before, St. Augustine Adult Ballet gets you up to the barre. Perfect your form, learn a new skill, or even just add a sense of grace to your workout. You can join a group class, attend a workshop, or even schedule a private session.
Expertise in the kitchen is a pretty useful skill to have, but it isn’t always easy to acquire if you find yourself culinarily challenged. So ditch the complicated cookbooks and the confusing YouTube videos and instead take a class at A. Chef’s Cooking Studio – knife skills, desserts, seafood, you name it.
There are more than a few of us whose thumbs are definitely not any shade of green. But if you still want to experience the joy of gardening, Shelby at Dog Day Gardens is available to guide you through the processes of basic organic gardening techniques and composting.
It’s time to go back to college without…well…going back to college. Flagler College offers a number of “Lifelong Learning” classes in a variety of fields, but they’re a great way to get a head start on learning a new language. Courses in Sign Language, French, German, and Spanish are given to multiple skill levels.
NATURE & THE OUTDOORS
Our little piece of Florida boasts a rich and varied ecosystem that’s home to flora and fauna of all kinds. Take in the natural sights and sounds and learn a little more about the area with (often free) talks and tours given by the St. Johns County Parks & Recreation Department.
Got a new camera and not really sure where to start? Or even just looking to expand and explore your already-existing photography skills? You can join the St. Augustine Camera Club for monthly meetings with helpful information and fun assignments or get some one-on-one help from local photographer Kate Gardiner.
Though it isn’t a hobby that’s explored very often anymore, quilting can be a wonderful way to unleash your creative side and work with your hands. Bee’s Quilt Shop offers beginner’s classes to demonstrate the basics of quilting or sewing socials to share ideas.
Though it might not turn you into an overnight sommelier, wine classes and tastings at Carrera Wine Cellar will at least give you some useful knowledge and push you well on your way to being the resident oenophile.
What classes, tours, talks, and clubs are you attending in St. Augustine? Let us know in the comments below!