Georgia Sea Turtle Center! The Center is open to the general public and offers an interactive Exhibit Gallery and Rehabilitation Pavilion with a number of view-able sea turtle patients. The Georgia Sea Turtle Center is a hospital for ill and injured sea turtles. We are the only hospital of its kind in the state of Georgia. $7 for adults (13+ years). $6 for Seniors (65+ years). $5 for children (4-12 years). FREE for children 3 and under. $6 for Active Duty Military Personnel, College Students and Teachers (ID required). Prices include tax. Visitors under 16 years old must be accompanied by someone 18 years or older. In accordance with State Health Department regulations, all swimsuits must be covered. Shoes and shirts must be worn at all times. The Georgia Sea Turtle Center is open to the public Tuesdays through Saturdays 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Mondays 10 a.m.-2 p.m. During the months of December, January, and February, we are closed on Mondays. We are closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day. We are open on Thanksgiving Day 10 a.m.-2 p.m. 214 Stable Rd. (912) 635-4444 or georgiaseaturtlecenter.org.
Coastal Georgia Historical Society Museums, Galleries, Exhibits, Lighthouse tower and Maritime Center Watch tower are open Mon., thru Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sun., 1:30 p.m.-5 p.m. Last climb is at 4:30 p.m. The Maritime Museum closes from 12 noon-1 p.m. Mon.,-Sat. $10 for Adults, $5 for Ages 6-11. No admission charge for CGHS members and children under 6. (912) 638-4666 or saintsimonslighthouse.org.
Art Classes and Workshops. All media, ages, and experience levels; various times and prices. 529 Beachview Dr. (912) 638-8770 or glynnart.org.
Art Classes. All ages and levels. Various times and prices. 1413 Newcastle St. (912) 262-0628 or artdowntown.net.
Art Classes. Oils, acrylics, pottery. Weekly. 404 Northway, Darien. (912) 437-7711 or mcintoshartassociation.com.
Photography Classes. Basics, digital, iPhone, Photoshop, etc. Led by Barbara Marie Kraus. Various dates, times, prices. 529 Beachview Dr. (912) 638-8770 or glynnart.org.
Tours of Ashantilly Center! Schedule tour appointments or meetings on available times. Donations accepted for renovation. Ashantilly Center, Hwy. 99, Darien. (912) 437-4473 or (912) 230-6962 or ashantilly.org.
Multi-Media Self-Guided Tour! Extensive archive of photos, oral histories, diaries, home-movie footage of Jekyll Island Club history. Includes walking guide map, interactive multi-media device. $8 rental. Daily 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Jekyll Island Museum, Jekyll Island Museum, 100 Old Village Blvd. (912) 635-4036 or jekyllisland.com.
Passport to the Century guided tram tour of 240-acre historic district, includes entry into two cottages. Adults $16, Children 6-12, $7, Free under 6. Daily. Jekyll Island Museum, 100 Old Village Blvd. (912) 635-4036 or jekyllisland.com.
Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays:
Nature Walks! Wildlife and nature guides explain Jekyll Island’s fascinating beach, marshes, dunes and maritime forest during year-round tours. Tidelands Nature Center, 100 Riverview Dr. (912) 635-5032 or tidelands4h.org.
Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays:
Brunswick Farmer’s Market at Mary Ross Waterfront Park, 1530 Newcastle St. 8 a.m.-dark. (912) 262-6665 or brunswickfarmersmarket.com.
Storytime Stories and craft projects for younger children. 10:30 a.m. Brunswick Library, 208 Gloucester St. (912) 267-1212 or trrl.org.
Join Village Creek Landing for an informative Eco Lecture Series! Each month they will have a new guest speaker discussing environmentally focused topics specifically geared to preserving Georgia’s Coast. Come early and enjoy cocktails with Village Creek Landing’s beautiful marsh view! $10 per person (includes your first drink), Bar opens at 5 p.m. Lecture starts at 6 p.m. 526 S Harrington Rd. Space is limited, so RSVP at VillageCreekLanding.com or (912) 399-0063.
Seaside Dance Association, Dance Instruction/Practice Social and ballroom dance. Beginners 7 p.m. Advanced 8:15 p.m. $5 members, $8 non-members. St. Simons Elementary School cafeteria, 805 Ocean Blvd. For more information, (912) 634-9527.
Adult Pottery Classes, 9-11:30 a.m. & 6-8:30 p.m. Drop-In Class $27. 6 Classes for members $130. 6 Classes for non-members $145. Clay $25 for 25 lbs. All other supplies are provided in the studio. For more information, Glynn Art, 529 Beachview Dr., ask for Debbie Craig, (912) 638-8770 or visit glynnart.org.
Visit the shops, galleries, restaurants of Historic Downtown Brunswick; art openings, live music, food and beverage pairing samples. 5-8 p.m. (912) 265-4032 or brunswickgeorgia.net.
Kids Pottery Classes, 10-11:30 a.m. Drop-in class $18. 6 Classes for members $95. 6 Classes for non-members $105. Clay $13 for 12 lbs. For more information, Glynn Art, 529 Beachview Dr. (912) 638-8770 or visit glynnart.org.
This popular family-friendly music event takes place at Gascoigne Bluff on St. Simons Island. Each month, the proceeds from Second Sunday benefit a variety of select local charitable organizations. Hundreds of music fans, families, friends – locals and visitors alike – who converge on the park armed with lawn chairs, blankets and coolers, enjoy listening to the live music. Raffle tickets are sold for door prizes contributed by area businesses. Kids can play in the inflatable bounce house and slides. Don’t miss out on this fun-filled community event! 1 to 7 p.m.
Christmas Boat Parade of Lights! The fourth annual Christmas Boat Parade of Lights will start at Brunswick Landing Marina and travel toward the Sidney Lanier Bridge and back. Guidelines and rules for the parade may be found on the Golden Isles Sailing Clubs website. 6-8 p.m. Sponsored by Golden Isles Sailing Club. goldenislessailingclub.com.
34th Annual Hofwyl Plantation Christmas! This magical experience will demonstrate how Christmas was celebrated on a Southern rice plantation during the 1850s. Take a candlelit stroll down the old carriage road and enjoy candlelit tours of an antebellum plantation house. There will be hot wassail and cookies, Civil Ware reenactors, Christmas carols and a special appearance by Santa Claus. 6-9 p.m. $10 Adult and Seniors, $5 Youth (6-17). Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation, Hwy 17 North, Brunswick. hofwyl.com.
Brunswick Christmas Parade! The parade festivities start with line-up at 2 p.m. For units to be judged, they must be in position by 3:30 p.m. Floats, dignitaries, and marching units will begin their turn through Downtown at 5:30 p.m. Downtown Brunswick. Gloucester Street from Coffin Park to Mary Ross Waterfront Park. Main Street Brunswick/DDA. (912) 265-4032 or discoverbrunswick.com.
Celebration of Nativities! The Moore Methodist Museum is celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2016 and many special events are planned to commemorate this Golden Anniversary. The first is a Celebration of Nativities from 1:30-4 p.m. We will have over 100 nativities, speakers, carolers & Christmas refreshments. There is no charge and everyone is invited. The Moore Methodist Museum at Epworth by the Sea, 100 Arthur J. Moore Dr., St. Simons Island. (912) 638-4050 or mooremethodistmuseum.org.
December 6 & 13:
Holiday High Tea! The hotel’s holiday event calendar begins with an annual favorite, Holiday High Tea. Hosted in the Grand Dining Room, as a token to those millionaires who enjoy their daily tea time 128 years ago, this afternoon is filled with a delicious variety of teas, warm scones, tea sandwiches and all your favorite Christmas carols performed by the Club pianist. 3:30 p.m. Jekyll Island Club Hotel, 371 Riverview Dr., Jekyll Island. (912) 635-5155 or jekyllclub.com.
Chef Hartenstein show how to prepare two courses with questions and comments welcomed from the audience. Enjoy Spiced Poached Pear salad, Country Fried Pork Belly and Gingerbread Cake. The relaxed atmosphere gives guests an opportunity to learn how to prepare and present delicious fare and to exchange ideas with the chef and each other. Very generous tasting of each course; a glass of complimentary wine and printed, easy-to follow recipes. Tickets are required. $32 per person. Jekyll Island Club Hotel, 371 Riverview Dr., Jekyll Island. (912) 635-5155 or jekyllclub.com.
December 9-11 & 16-18:
JekRitz Radio Theatre presents It’s a Wonderful Life. Fridays and Saturdays, 8pm; Sundays, 3pm. For tickets visit goldenislesarts.org or call 912-262-6934
Pier Village Holiday Market at Postell Park! 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. soglogallery.com.
A visit from Santa at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel! Magical things often occur during the holiday season and we just got word from one of Santa’s elves that he will be flying in by reindeer to Jekyll Island 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Join us at Crane Cottage as Santa Claus spends the afternoon with all of his favorite little boys and girls as a thank you for always believing in him. The event will be free admission, but a photographer will be on site to capture precious moments (optional) for a fee. Jekyll Island Club Hotel, 371 Riverview Dr., Jekyll Island. (912) 635-5155 or jekyllclub.com.
Christmas Bagpiper! A walk through the Jekyll Island Historic District to view all of the twinkling holiday lights never disappoints, and the walk will become extra special as the Christmas Bagpiper joins us once again. Dressed in full Scottish regalia, Tim Atkins makes his way through the district as he plays the songs of the season proudly. Stroll along beside him, beginning around 4:30 – 5:20 p.m., for an evening you won’t soon forget. Jekyll Island Club Hotel, 371 Riverview Dr., Jekyll Island. (912) 635-5155 or jekyllclub.com.
41th Annual New Year’s Bluegrass Festival! Come experience what is becoming a Jekyll Island tradition, the New Year’s Bluegrass Festival. Take part in this 3 day event and hear some of the biggest names in bluegrass perform live at the Jekyll Island Convention Center, 75 Beach View Dr. N. (912) 635-6400 or adamsbluegrass.com.
The First Lighthouse (1810) On October 17, 1804, John Couper, a plantation owner on St. Simons Island, deeded four acres of his land, known as “Couper’s Point,” at the south end of the island for one dollar to the Federal government for the construction of a lighthouse. James Gould of Massachusetts was hired in 1807 […]
Georgia Governor Nathan Deal and the Glynn County Board of Commissioners issued a State of Emergency for Glynn County and 12 surrounding counties due to the projected path of Hurricane Matthew. Voluntary evacuations have been issued by officials for St. Simons, Jekyll Island, Sea Island and Little St. Simons Island. The storm is expected to […]
Knobbed Whelk (Busycon carica)! Christened the state seashell in 1987, the knobbed whelk is a whorled shell, eight inches long at maturity, displaying heavy spines, many knobs, and an orange or red mouth. Minerals in Georgia coastal waters cause ocher striations on the sand-colored, semi-gloss surface. This marine snail shell is found all along Georgia’s […]