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.
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.
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. 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!
April 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 & 18:
Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation Ghosts and Legends Walking Tours! 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Take an eerie journey back in time at Coastal Georgia’s most 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. Tours will be approximately ½ mile in length. It is suggested that visitors wear shoes comfortable for walking and dress appropriate to the season. Tickets are $15 per person. Call (912) 264-7333 to reserve a spot or for more information. hofwyl.com.
Recycled Art Show! Students and local artists turn trash into treasure – be it imaginative works of art or creating functional items from a variety of recycled materials including paper, plastic, fabric, wood and more. In collaboration with Keep Brunswick-Golden Isles Beautiful. The Ritz Gallery is open Wed.–Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m., or by appointment. Opening receptions, often with the artists themselves, are usually held on First Fridays, unless noted. The Historic Ritz Theatre, 1530 Newcastle St. (912) 262-6934 or goldenislesarts.org.
Easter Egg Stroll! A family friendly Easter gathering in the Jekyll Island Historic District. Search and find Easter eggs hidden along Pier Road, get pictures with Easter Bunny, and enjoy pony rides and other activities. Free tram tours through the Historic District at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Eggs will be hidden and re-hidden throughout the festival. Special section for kids 3 and under. (877) 4-JEKYLL or jekyllisland.com.
St. Simons Island artist Peggy Buchan is scheduled as she instructs classes about how to capture the beauty of the Georgia Coast through paintbrush and canvas. Classes to be held at 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort, 201 Arnold Road. Advance reservations are required. If you bring your own supplies, the cost is $35 per participant. The cost is $55 per participant if you’d like Peggy to furnish your supplies. If you bring your own art supplies, please include paints (either oil or acrylic), brushes, and brush cleaner. You are welcome to bring your own canvas, but Peggy will supply one 11″ x 14″ canvas per participant. When you reserve your spot, tell the Hotel Concierge whether or not you’ll bring your own supplies. Space is limited! Call (912) 268-5965 today to reserve your coastal painting experience.
Cinema Gourmet at the Historic Ritz Theatre: Singin’ in the Rain, 6:30 p.m. Clever, incisive, and funny, Singin’ in the Rain is a masterpiece of the classical Hollywood musical. Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor star in the film filled with memorable songs, lavish routines and Kelly’s fabulous song-and-dance number performed in the rain. The Historic Ritz Theatre, 1530 Newcastle St. (912) 262-6934 or goldenislesarts.org.
Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra A TRIBUTE TO MARVIN HAMLISCH! Friday, 11 a.m. & 8 p.m. Saturday, 8 p.m. Sunday, 3 p.m. Mayo Clinic Coffee Series! Fidelity National Financial Pops Series! The CertusBank Matinee Series! Michael Berkowitz, conductor. Cady Huffman and Karen Mason, guest vocalists. Truly a “singular sensation,” the late Marvin Hamlisch left an unparalleled musical legacy that garnered him virtually every major award (three Oscars, four Grammys, four Emmys, a Tony, and three Golden Globes) and generations of fans that will never forget him. Guest conductor Michael Berkowitz and the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra pay tribute with music from A Chorus Line and The Way We Were. Pops Ticket Prices, $25-$72. Coffee Ticket Prices, $16-$26. Matinee Ticket Prices, $22-$69. Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, 300 West Water St. Call (904) 354-5547 or JaxSymphony.org for more information.
Golden Isles Live! Presents Fernando Varela at Glynn Academy Auditorium, 1001 Mansfield St., 7:30 p.m. Under the tutelage of master star-maker David Foster, Varela is on the fast track to the top. Easily striding Opera and Pop, he is the very picture of the modern tenor. Fernando Varela has popular and classical appeal. The power and raw emotion of Rock and Opera in one voice! (912) 638-4111 or goldenisleslive.org.
April 11 & 12:
22nd Annual Spring Art in the Park Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Talented artists and craftspeople from across the country display their work under the live oaks at Postell Park, 532 Beachview Dr., on St. Simons Island. What a wonderful way to spend a lovely spring day in a beautiful setting! Contact the Glynn Visual Arts at (912) 638- 8770.
Doo Wop and Rock Concert! One night only at the Jekyll Island Convention Center, 75 Beach View Dr N, Jekyll Island. Enjoy songs of yesteryear from modern golden oldies artists Bobby Hendericks’ Drifters, The Chiffons, The Vogues and Dennis Tufano. Tickets start at $53. (912) 635-6400, (888) 413-9127.
The 2015 RBC Heritage Presented by Boeing will take place at the Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island. Make plans now to “Get Your Plaid On!” American professional golfer, Matt Kuchar was the 2014 Heritage tournament winner. Buy Your Tickets Now! (843) 671-2448 or rbcheritage.com.
DIANA KRALL! 8 p.m. Five-time Grammy Award-winning jazz pianist and world renowned singer Diana Krall will perform a special concert. Diana Krall’s Wildflower World Tour features pop classics such as The Mamas & the Papas’ “California Dreaming,” the Eagles’ “Desperado,” and Bob Dylan’s “Wallflower,” which inspired the album’s title track, for her album Wildflower, which is scheduled for release in October. Ticket Prices, $69.50. Presented by the Jacksonville Symphony Association and Florida Theatre. The Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra does not perform at this event. Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, 300 West Water St. Call (904) 354-5547 or JaxSymphony.org for more information.
47th Annual “Blessing of the Fleet” the 2013 Blessing promises to be the biggest and most entertaining yet. This will be 46th year of the Blessing of the Fleet, a 3-day festival that will attract thousands of people to Darien, Georgia. $5 for age 13 and up on Friday and Saturday. Twelve and under are admitted free with a paying adult. There is no admission charge for Sunday’s events. (912) 437-BOTF (2683) or blessingofthefleet.com.
Cinema PJ at the Historic Ritz Theatre: Babe (1995). New for the 2014-15 season! Bring the family for a fun evening at the movie! Admission includes free popcorn, a craft project and a favorite film. Perfect for kids of all ages and wearing your pj’s is ok! Popcorn and craft begin at 6:30 p.m., film screens at 7 p. m. Babe, a young pig, takes up residence on a new farm and learns that he must make himself useful if he is to survie. Determined to become a sheep dog – or, rather, sheep pig – Babe teaches the other animals and Farmer Hogget a few lessons in this charming family film. The Historic Ritz Theatre, 1530 Newcastle St. (912) 262-6934 or goldenislesarts.org.
THE WHO at The Veterans Memorial Arena, 300 A. Philip Randolph Blvd., Jacksonville, FL. at 7:30 p.m. THE WHO, one of rock’s most legendary and defining bands, will celebrate their 50-year legacy when they bring their “THE WHO HITS 50!” tour to North America in 2015. “THE WHO HITS 50!” tour is being presented by AEG Live. Set lists on these shows will take their audience on an “Amazing Journey” through THE WHO’s entire career, from the band’s early days to classic albums including WHO’S NEXT, TOMMY, QUADROPHENIA, MY GENERATION and LIVE AT LEEDS, through the present day. For more info, call (904) 630-3900 or jaxevents.com/event/the-who/.
Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra BEETHOVEN’S “PASTORAL”! Friday, 11 a.m. & 8 p.m. Saturday, 8 p.m. Mayo Clinic Coffee Series! Florida Blue Masterworks Series! Rei Hotoda, conductor. Johannes Moser, cello. DVORAK In Nature’s Realm. DVORAK Cello Concerto*. BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 6, “Pastoral”. Bask in the love of nature with Beethoven’s timeless “Pastoral” Symphony and Dvorak’s boundless enthusiasm for nature, life and love. And the cello, by nature one of the most sensual of instruments, takes center stage in Dvorak’s famous concerto. Masterworks Ticket Prices, $25-$72. Coffee Ticket Prices, $16-$26. Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, 300 West Water St. Call (904) 354-5547 or JaxSymphony.org for more information.
The Fourth Annual International Festival, sponsored by the College of Coastal Georgia and the Abbott Race Unity Institute, will be held from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the College’s Conference Center, 1 College Dr. Admission is free. Come experience international foods and music from all around the world. In addition, the CultureEXPO will let you explore the culture and history of several nations including Greece, a special presentation by the 3rd Grade students of C.B. Greer Elementary School. The Marketplace will offer crafts and other items for purchase from many lands and the KidFest will provide a great place for children to have fun. (912) 269-5942.
April 24 & 25:
Relay For Life! The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is the world’s largest and most impactful fundraising event to end cancer. It unites communities across the globe to celebrate people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and take action to finish the fight once and for all. Today, with the support of thousands of volunteers like you, the American Cancer Society is helping save more than 400 lives a day. And we won’t stop until we finish the fight against cancer! Please join us! The Exchange Club of Brunswick, 101 Emory Dawson Rd. relayforlife.org/glynnga.
April 24 – 26:
Women’s Getaway Weekend! A Bible Study with Carol Kent – “Divine Surprises.” Carol is the best-selling author of When I Lay My Isaac Down and A New Kind of Normal. She is a popular international speaker, has been featured on Focus on the Family; keynoter at Women of Faith, Time Out for Women and Heritage Keepers arena events. She regularly appears on national radio and TV broadcasts including Billy Graham Primetime TV Special; Dateline NBC and CNN Live. She testifies to the reality that when seemingly insurmountable challenges crash into our lives, we can be transformed as we discover God at work in ways we never imagined. epworthbythesea.org/events.html.
2nd Annual Sporting Clays Tournament. Presenting Sponsor is International Auto Processing and Keyhole Sponsor is GP Cellulose. Event proceeds benefit Coastal Pines Technical College students. Team event and competition. Door prizes and silent auction. Wild game breakfast, barbeque lunch prepared by Elkins Constructors, shooting safety clinic, raffle and auction, awards and cocktails. 8 a.m.-2 p.m., at the Dorchester Hunting Preserve, Midway, GA. (912) 427-5835 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
GreenScene EcoFair – Going Green in the Golden Isles, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Glynn Place Mall, 219 Mall Boulevard, Brunswick, GA. Visit local vendors showcasing eco-friendly products & activities with educational booths, live presentations, kids’ activities, food vendors, raffles, giveaways. Learn more about organizations protecting Georgia’s coast. Free family-friendly event open to the public. greenscenega.org/.
Garden Walk sponsored by the Cassina Garden Club, 5 p.m. at Gascoigne Bluff. Cassina’s 9th Annual Tabby and Tillandsia Garden Walk celebrates the horticultural beauty of the St. Simons coastal area. It offers an opportunity for visitors to explore and enjoy a select and seldom seen group of six of the Islands most inspiring private gardens. Cassina Garden Club, Inc. will use the proceeds from the garden walk for the preservation and maintenance of the historic tabby cabins under its stewardship that are found on Gascoigne Bluff and the surrounding grounds. In addition to tours of six private gardens on St. Simons, this year’s garden walk offers several added attractions included with the ticket price: Glynn Visual Arts “Fine Art and Flowers” exhibit Hamilton Plantation Garden Club plant sale (8 a.m.-2 p.m.), Southern Garden Party and Demonstrations (2 p.m.-5 p.m.). Visit to the Colonial Herb Garden at Fort Frederica. Special Interest Stop, at ACE Garden Center, to feature plants found on the Garden Walk along with other great gardening ideas. $30 advance $35 day of event. (912) 399-1101 or cassinagardenclub.org/gardenwalk.htm.
Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra THE TWINS AND THE MONSTER! 3 p.m. (Pre-concert activities at 2 p.m.) Family Series! Michelle Merrill, conductor. Norma Lewis, storyteller. This imaginative tale by award-winning author Tololwa M. Mollel uses the rhythms of Africa to drive the fast-paced presentation, where two twins must outwit a fierce monster and heal their devastated village. John Estacio’s magical score, adapted by Doug McKeag, sets the scene as an actor brings the story to life using carved masks, singing and movement. Ticket Prices, $7-$24. Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, 300 West Water St. Call (904) 354-5547 or JaxSymphony.org for more information.