April 2019 Stsimonsisland.com Calendar

OnGoing:
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.

OnGoing:
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. $12 for Adults, $5 for Ages 6-11. No admission charge for CGHS members and children under 6. (912) 638-4666 or saintsimonslighthouse.org.

OnGoing:
Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation State Historic Site, open Wednesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Museum, trails, guided tour of plantation house. $8 adults, $7 seniors, $5 youth. (912) 264-7333 for more information.

OnGoing:
Visual Art Classes for all Ages! Ranging from drawing to pottery to painting to photography, led by a variety of artists. Price and time varies. 529 Beachview Dr. (912) 638-8770 or glynnvisualarts.org.

OnGoing:
Art Classes. All ages and levels. Various times and prices. 1413 Newcastle St. (912) 262-0628 or artdowntown.net.

OnGoing:
Art Classes. Oils, acrylics, pottery. Weekly. 404 Northway, Darien. (912) 437-7711 or mcintoshartassociation.com.

OnGoing:
Explore the beach from the edge of the dunes to the low tide. Learn about sea shells, critters living above and below the sand, pull a small seine net through the shallows and see who swims just below the surface! Step into the salt marsh, get to know the fiddler crabs, periwinkle snails, & native plants along with their incredible adaptations for survival. The marsh is easily accessible by way of the hard packed high marsh zone. Georgia Beach Walk Nature Tours for times and reservations (912) 266-2473.

OnGoing:
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.

OnGoing:
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.

OnGoing:
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.

Ongoing:
Latin and Ballroom Group Dance Classes! Swing, salsa, cha-cha, waltz, rumba, foxtrot and more. Times and locations vary. Golden Isles Dancers, (912) 634-8219 or [email protected] or dancegoldenisles.com.

Third Wenesdays:
Eco-Lecture Series! 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. Space is limited, so RSVP at VillageCreekLanding.com or (912) 399-0063.

Thursdays:
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.

First Friday:
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.

Saturdays:
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 glynnvisualarts.org.

Second Sundays:
This popular family-friendly music event takes place at Gascoigne Bluff on St. Simons Island. 1-7 p.m. 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!

March 31-April  5:
Mission Possible Spring Break 2019. Epworth By The Sea, A Christian Conference and Retreat Center invites individuals and groups to partner with The City of Brunswick and make a difference. Over 44 percent of residents of Brunswick, GA have income below the poverty level. With your help we can share in revitalizing areas of the city. Come grab a shovel, rake or paint brush and be a part of Mission Possible 2019 in the city! Spend Spring Break helping the elderly and less fortunate, while bonding with friends on Adventure Ministries’ Ropes Course, hanging out at the beach and enjoy some free time and exciting speakers each night at Epworth! Package Rates Are Per Person and Full Amount Due with Reservation. $300 includes all fees, 5 nights lodging, meals, materials fee, Ropes Course and a t-shirt. For more information, call or email Scott Adams, Programming Director, at (912) 638-8688 or [email protected]Rates and reservations online at: www.EpworthByTheSea.org.

April 5:
The7th Annual International Festival: One World, Many Faces Celebrate the diverse cultures that call the Golden Isles home through art, music, food, cultural displays, and activities for kids. There will be a Global Food Bazaar, a Marketplace of artisan wares, a varied lineup of musical entertainment, a CultureEXPO, a KidFest area, and more. This annual event takes place 2-7 p.m. at the College of Coastal Georgia, Brunswick Campus, 1 College Drive on Friday, April 5th is free and open to the public. Please stay tuned for additional information.  (912) 634-1367.

April 5:
Take an eerie journey back in time at Coastal Georgia’s most haunted rice plantation. Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation State Historic Site will be offering Ghosts and Legends walking tours of the haunted rice plantation. We will walk beneath centuries old Live Oak trees, explore the plantation out-buildings and finish with a lantern tour of the plantation house. As we stroll through Hofwyl-Broadfield’s moss laden trees hear the stories of five generations of plantation owners and the African-Americans who worked here, in both slavery and freedom. There will be tales of recent ghostly encounters, plantation folklore and the rich but tragic history of the Lowcountry rice fields. 6:30 p.m. $15 per person. Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation State Historic Site, 5556 US Highway 17N, (Located at intersection of US17 and GA99, one mile east of I-95 exit 42.) Brunswick. Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation is owned and operated by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Call (912) 264-7333 for more information, also you may visit https://gastateparks.org/HofwylBroadfieldPlantation.

April 6:
The JEKYLL ISLAND BOOK FESTIVAL! An annual event hosted for all book-lovers, the festival line-up will include a mix of author presentations, meet-and-greets and signings, book and retail sales, and family-friendly fun. The Turtle Stage will feature presentations from several noted authors who will give readings from their books, share insights from the writing process, and answer questions from the audience. Enjoy live music between author presentations. The Authors’ Pavilion will host author meet-and-greets, book signings, festival merchandise and a few of your favorite book characters. Click here for more information on this event.

April 6:
10th Annual Hofwyl-Broadfield Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by Friends of Hofwyl! The event lasts from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. There will be over 3,000 toy filled eggs in three hunt areas for kids aged 1 to 3, 4 to 6 and 7 to 10. Special guest, “The Easter Bunny” will be on-hand throughout. Other activities include: prizes, refreshments, bubble machine and wands, egg decorating and other arts and crafts. There will also be games like egg toss, 3 legged race, pin the tail on the bunny, face painting and many others. Also on hand will be the Imagination Playground, interactive, transformable giant building blocks that kids can use to create their own play space. $8 adults, $7.50 seniors, (62 and over), $5 youth (ages 6 to 17), children ages 5 and under are free. 1 p.m. 5556 US Highway 17N, (located at intersection of US17 and GA99, one mile east of I-95 exit 42). (912) 264-7333 for more information, also you may visit gastateparks.org/hofwylbroadfieldplantation.

April 6:
Art in the Park from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Postell-Park Pier Village, St. Simons Island. Over 70 artists and crafts people. Eclectic, handmade two-dimensional art, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, photography, textiles, wood, metal, and glass. Beauty products, botanicals, and gourmet goodies. Kids “Creation Station.” Food vendors serving freshly prepared eats. Event is part of the Glynn Visual Arts. (912) 638-8770, glynnvisualarts.org or [email protected].

April 7-12 & 14-19:
The Georgia it is best explored on bicycle, so be sure to join us for the Golden Isles Bike Tour! This tour allows you ample time to savor the unique southern hospitality, reflect upon their 300 years of fascinating history, and explore the myriad of wild beaches, barrier islands, and famous marshlands. This six-day tour starts in Savannah, GA (one night), and travels south to visit St. Simons Island (two nights) and Jekyll Island (two nights). (802) 777-2009 or greatbiketours.com/the-golden-isles-of-georgia/.

April 8:
Coastal Symphony of Georgia Presents American Sounds! Michelle Merrill, Music Director and Conductor. Experience American Sounds – in a complete program of music by American composers. Conor Brown’s music is motivated by the sweeping prairies, big sky, and jagged mountains of the American West. In How to Relax with Origami, Brown gives us eight inviting musical vignettes wittily counter-pointed and imaginatively written for enjoyment. Be prepared to be surprised – and to smile. Samuel Barber’s Violin Concerto has a more sophisticated mood. Our soloist will be Sarah Crocker Vonsattel, a member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. The Concerto opens with an exquisite, haunting melody on a solo violin, later moving on to an achingly beautiful extended oboe melody. Following the quiet intensity of the first two movements, Barber gives us a continuous stream of rapid fire notes in the third that tests the virtuosic character of the violin. Aaron Copland’s uplifting Fanfare for the Common Man opens the second half of the concert, and it is followed by his iconic Appalachian Spring Suite. Rearranged from the 1944 ballet score, the Suite has enjoyed enduring popularity as an orchestral piece with its distinctive moods and mountain sounds. To close the evening, and our 2018-2019 Season, the orchestra will treat us to bits of American blues, jazz, and familiar tunes with Leonard Bernstein’s Three Dance Episodes from On the Town: Times Square 1944. Toe-tapping is allowed! This concert will leave us wanting more! 8 p.m. Brunswick High School Auditorium, 3885 Altama Ave. Tickets are by season subscription, but there are also single tickets available. More information (912) 634-2006 or coastalsymphonyofgeorgia.org.

April 13:
19th Annual Golden Isles Father Daughter Purity Ball! You are cordially invited to The Golden Isles Father Daughter Purity Ball. This special event exists for the purpose of celebrating the relationship between father and daughter, providing an opportunity for dads to show their daughters just how precious they are. The Golden Isles Father Daughter Purity Ball provides fathers the chance to commit to the protection of their daughters and for daughters to commit to purity. Jekyll Island Convention Center, 75 North Beachview Dr. 6:30- 9 p.m. Register before March 29: $65 per couple, $30 each additional daughter. Register after March 29: $75 per couple, $35 each additional daughter. Cost includes seated dinner, white rose, and ballroom dance instruction. http://www.goldenislespurityball.com.

April 13:
Take an eerie journey back in time at Coastal Georgia’s most haunted rice plantation. Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation State Historic Site will be offering Ghosts and Legends walking tours of the haunted rice plantation. We will walk beneath centuries old Live Oak trees, explore the plantation out-buildings and finish with a lantern tour of the plantation house. As we stroll through Hofwyl-Broadfield’s moss laden trees hear the stories of five generations of plantation owners and the African-Americans who worked here, in both slavery and freedom. There will be tales of recent ghostly encounters, plantation folklore and the rich but tragic history of the Lowcountry rice fields. 6:30 p.m. $15 per person. Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation State Historic Site, 5556 US Highway 17N, (Located at intersection of US17 and GA99, one mile east of I-95 exit 42.) Brunswick. Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation is owned and operated by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Call (912) 264-7333 for more information, also you may visit https://gastateparks.org/HofwylBroadfieldPlantation.

April 14:
A Taste of Glynn! For 19 delicious years, A Taste of Glynn has brought together our most talented chefs and caterers to showcase their talents at the historic King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort, 201 Arnold Rd. Add to the evening’s enjoyment with a much-anticipated Silent Auction offering a coveted assortment of finds from vacations to jewelry, original works of art to gourmet delicacies. A Taste of Glynn is more than a treasured local tradition. While the food is sublime and the oceanfront setting is legendary, perhaps the most unforgettable offering of the evening is hope. The event is the primary fundraiser for the Glynn Community Crisis Center, which serves victims of domestic violence. While you enjoy the finest food in the region in the company of family and friends, you also help provide vital programs and shelter for those who are building a new life free from abuse and fear. 5-8 p.m. Buy Tickets Online! (912) 264-1348 or [email protected].

April 18:
Naturalist 101’s Shorebirds of Coastal Georgia Lecture with Dr. Abby Sterling. Thursday, April 18th at 7 p.m. From March until August, Georgia’s beach nesting shorebirds like American Oystercatchers and Wilson’s Plovers are busy laying eggs and raising chicks. And as idyllic as it can be to pass your days on the beach, there are many challenges that make raising a family extremely challenging for Georgia’s shorebirds. However, researchers and managers are working diligently to help increase success, here in Georgia and across the hemisphere. During this presentation, shorebird biologist Dr. Abby Sterling will share some of their stories of struggles and triumphs. You’ll also learn the simple steps you can take to protect our feathered friends. Free and open to the public, but advance registrations required! Click here to registeronehundredmiles.org/naturalist101/.

April 19:
Take an eerie journey back in time at Coastal Georgia’s most haunted rice plantation. Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation State Historic Site will be offering Ghosts and Legends walking tours of the haunted rice plantation. We will walk beneath centuries old Live Oak trees, explore the plantation out-buildings and finish with a lantern tour of the plantation house. As we stroll through Hofwyl-Broadfield’s moss laden trees hear the stories of five generations of plantation owners and the African-Americans who worked here, in both slavery and freedom. There will be tales of recent ghostly encounters, plantation folklore and the rich but tragic history of the Lowcountry rice fields. 6:30 p.m. $15 per person. Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation State Historic Site, 5556 US Highway 17N, (Located at intersection of US17 and GA99, one mile east of I-95 exit 42.) Brunswick. Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation is owned and operated by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Call (912) 264-7333 for more information, also you may visit https://gastateparks.org/HofwylBroadfieldPlantation.

April 20:
Easter Egg Stroll! 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the  National Historic Landmark District. Springtime fun continues on Jekyll Island, with the annual Easter Egg Stroll. This beloved tradition continues on Saturday, April 20, in Jekyll Island’s National Landmark Historic District. Wear your Easter best, and join us for an Easter eggstravaganza. Children 12 & under are invited to the Jekyll Island Easter Egg Stroll. There will be a separate area for our young friends three & under. A continuous Easter egg hunt will take place throughout the event. Find ten eggs and exchange them for a bag of goodies! Be sure to bring your Easter bonnet, and participate in the Easter Bonnet Parade. Prizes will be awarded for these bonnet categories: Most creative, Best use of recycled materials and Most Jekyll Island spirit. There will also be Visits with the Easter Bunny, a Petting Zoo and Carriage Rides. jekyllisland.com.

April 25:
Business After Hours! Who says business can’t be fun?? Village Inn & Pub, 500 Mallery St. 5:30-7:30 p.m. $7 members, $10 non-members. Hosted by: iHeart Media, Hospice of the Golden Isles and Savannah Bee Company. Bring your co-workers, friends and PLENTY of business cards – we have LOTS of drawings and door prizes to give away! [email protected] or bgicoc.com.

April 27:
Take an eerie journey back in time at Coastal Georgia’s most haunted rice plantation. Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation State Historic Site will be offering Ghosts and Legends walking tours of the haunted rice plantation. We will walk beneath centuries old Live Oak trees, explore the plantation out-buildings and finish with a lantern tour of the plantation house. As we stroll through Hofwyl-Broadfield’s moss laden trees hear the stories of five generations of plantation owners and the African-Americans who worked here, in both slavery and freedom. There will be tales of recent ghostly encounters, plantation folklore and the rich but tragic history of the Lowcountry rice fields. 6:30 p.m. $15 per person. Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation State Historic Site, 5556 US Highway 17N, (Located at intersection of US17 and GA99, one mile east of I-95 exit 42.) Brunswick. Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation is owned and operated by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Call (912) 264-7333 for more information, also you may visit https://gastateparks.org/HofwylBroadfieldPlantation.

April 28:
Naturalist 101’s Guided Shorebird Ecology Field Trip, Sunday, April 28th from 3-5 p.m. on
Jekyll Island. During the Naturalist 101 series, participants will increase their understanding of local conservation issues and find opportunities to take action to protect our 100-mile coast. In April Dr. Abby Sterling of Manomet will lead us on a birding adventure on Jekyll Islands beaches. Abby will share her in-depth knowledge and tips for identifying the many shorebirds that make their home along Georgia’s 100-mile coast, along with their fascinating natural history and conservation. During this two-hour bird walk, we will also see and learn about protected Wilson Plover nesting areas. You are encouraged to bring your own binoculars and cameras if you have them, but we’ll have a few extra pairs and scopes for you to check out the birds up close! Hands-on learning for experienced and novice birders alike. Tickets are $20 OHM Members | $30 Non-members | $12 Kids 12 and under. onehundredmiles.org/naturalist101/.

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