St. Simons Island's Calendar
of Events for December, 2014

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Featured Calendar Events

Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival!

March 9 – 14, 2015: The 30th Hilton Head Wine & Food Festival. South Carolina’s Premier Coastal Wine Competition & Culinary Event. Mark your calendars for these key dates, information on locations, times and tickets will be posted as they become available.

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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

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

Art Classes and Workshops. All media, ages, and experience levels; various times and prices. 529 Beachview Dr. (912) 638-8770 or

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

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

Photography Classes. Basics, digital, iPhone, Photoshop, etc. Led by Barbara Marie Kraus. Various dates, times, prices. 529 Beachview Dr. (912) 638-8770 or

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

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

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

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

Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays:
Brunswick Farmer’s Market at Mary Ross Waterfront Park, 1530 Newcastle St. 8 a.m.-dark. (912) 262-6665 or

Storytime Stories and craft projects for younger children. 10:30 a.m. Brunswick Library, 208 Gloucester St. (912) 267-1212 or

Third Tuesdays:
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 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

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

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

Second Sundays:
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.

December 2, 5, 9, 12, 16, 19:
The Coastal Georgia Historical Society has partnered with the St. Simons Land Trust to offer history tours of Cannon’s Point Preserve. These personalized tours will provide an overview of the history of Cannon’s Point with emphasis on the 19th century. Archaeology consultant Myrna Crook, who serves on the Cannon’s Point History Task Force, will be leading tour groups limited to 16. Participants will receive an in-depth interpretation of this historic site, including the John Couper family and life at Cannon’s Point during the plantation period. Tour groups will meet at the A.W. Jones Heritage Center, 610 Beachview Dr., at 9:15 a.m. for coffee and a short introduction beginning at 9:30 a.m. Groups will depart for Cannon’s Point 10 a.m. and will return to the Heritage Center at 12:30 p.m. The cost is $95 per person. (912) 638-4666. Pre-registration is required by visiting

December 5-8:
Christmas at Ashantilly! Members and Friends Open House Friday the 5th, Santa Claus visits on Saturday, the 6th for the children! Open House 7th and 8th. Ashantilly Center, 15591 GA Hwy 99, Darien. (912) 437-4473 or or

December 6-7, 13-14:
Brunswick Actors’ Theatre presents “Twas the Night Before Christmas” by Ken Ludwig! A grand Christmas adventure, filled with schemes, confrontations, mistaken identities, bravery, and all things naughty and nice!.” – Maryland TheatreGuide. The wild holiday adventures of a mouse, an elf, and a spunky little girl who just won’t take no for an answer, on their quest to find out why Santa missed their house last year. A joyful tribute to the holiday season! Performances are on Saturday nights at 8 p.m. and on Sunday afternoons at 3 p.m. Doors open 45 minutes prior to curtain and reserved seating is available. Tickets – $25. The ticket price includes beverages and desserts. COMBO TICKETS AVAILABLE – TWO tickets to any TWO shows $40 (a savings of $5 per ticket). 1413 Newcastle St. (912) 262-0629 or

December 5-27:
Annual Student Art Show! Featuring hundreds of amazing art pieces in every medium made by talented K-12 students in our local schools. Come be amazed by the creativity and inventiveness the students put into their unique art. The Ritz Gallery is open Wednesday – Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., or by appointment. Opening receptions, often with the artists themselves, are usually held on First Fridays, unless noted. 1530 Newcastle St. (912) 262-6934 or

December 5-6:
33rd Annual Hofwyl-Broadfield 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, hot wassail and cookies, Civil War re-enactors, Christmas carols and a special appearance by Santa Claus. 6-9 p.m. Admission $5-$8. 5556 U.S. Hwy 17 N. (912) 264-7333 or

December 6:
Annual Brunswick Christmas Parade, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Come enjoy the annual Brunswick Christmas Parade. The Parade starts at Coffin Park and makes it’s way West on Gloucester to Mary Ross Waterfront Park. The reviewing stand will be in front of Customs House / City Hall at 601 Gloucester St. Santa Claus makes an appearance at the end of the parade and distributes free bags of candy afterwards at Mary Ross Park. (912) 265-4032 or

December 6:
Brunswick Holiday Bazaar at Mary Ross Waterfront Park! Here’s a fun and easy way to get some extra holiday shopping in presented by Golden Isles Arts & Humanities. Crafts and decor, flea market finds, specialty items and seasonal goodies will be available, from 8 a.m. until about 5 p.m. Don’t miss out on the yummy fall veggies, great Georgia pecans and homemade treats, too – the Brunswick Farmers Market is always the perfect place to find the freshest and best-tasting produce in town. (912) 262-6665 or (912) 262-6934 or

December 6:
30th Annual Tour of Homes on Sea Island! The tour, Jingle Bells & Sea Shells, will showcase five Sea Island Homes – and the exclusive Cloister opens its elegant facility to home tour participants, replete with enormous Christmas trees, gingerbread houses, and gourmet meals. Bake Sale & Vintage Market at Historic Tabby Cabins, Gascoigne Bluff, St. Simons, where you meet the tour bus. Bake Sale & Market 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Tour 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

December 7:
The Golden Isles Youth Orchestra, formerly the Coastal Youth Symphony, announces its Holiday Concert at 3 p.m. at the Glynn Academy Auditorium, 1001 Mansfield St. The concert will feature classical works as well as some holiday favorites. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students and will be available from orchestra members or by contacting GIYO through our new website, Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door.

December 10:
Chef’s Demo on Jekyll Island Club, 371 Riverview Dr. Chef Lewie and Chef Joel show how to prepare three courses with questions and comments welcomed from the audience. Enjoy a Spiced Butternut Squash Bisque, Sapelo Farms Cane Syrup and Plum Glazed Roast Duck, Cranberry Wild Rice, and Peppermint Bark. 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. $32 per person. Early reservations are suggested. (912) 635-5222 to make your reservations or purchase tickets.

December 11:
Golden Isles Live! Presents The American Tenors! A popular favorite with a totally different program! Nathan Granner, Ben Gulley, and Daniel Montenegro are accompanied on piano by Jesse Lynch and will return to the Golden Isles by singing at the Cloister, 100 Cloister Dr. The program is totally different than before with a trip around the world through song. Individual tickets can be purchased at the door. Adult, $40. Student/Child, $10. (912) 638-4111 or

December 12-14:
Ritz Radio Theatre presents: “It’s A Wonderful Life” talented cast of local actors in Golden Isles Arts & Humanities’ production done just as it would have been done in the 1940s as a live radio drama. Friday & Saturday 8 p.m. Sunday 3 p.m. The Ritz Theatre, 1530 Newcastle St., Brunswick. Golden Isles Arts & Humanities, (912) 262-6934 or

December 13:
Christmas Boat Parade of Lights, 6 p.m. Get into the holiday spirit and join the Golden Isles Sailing Club’s Fifth Annual Christmas Parade of Lights to welcome the Holiday Season! 1530 Newcastle St., Mary Ross Waterfront Park. (912) 275-7774 or

December 13:
Santa & the Sea Turtles, at Georgia Sea Turtle Center, 214 Stable Rd., 12-3 p.m. Santa visits good girls and boys every year, so why not sea turtles? He’s stopping in for a visit along his Christmas migratory route. Sit on his lap, tell him your wish, and admire his red and white suit! Make a festive ornament to adorn your Christmas tree, then visit our sea turtle patients to hear their special Christmas story! Event is included with general admission to the Center – $7 adults, $5 children, 3 & under are free. (912) 635-4141 or

December 13:
Benefit Weekend Concert | Featuring Dierks Bentley and Thomas Rhett! 4-11 p.m. Wainwright Foundation inaugural Benefit Weekend winds up with a concert featuring country music superstar Dierks Bentley with special guest Thomas Rhett, and another special guest to be announced. Glynn County Stadium, 2747 4th St. Tickets!

December 14:
Santa Claus at Crane Cottage, 371 Riverview Dr. Jolly Old St. Nick arrives to Crane Cottage welcoming children to tell him their Christmas wish list (no charge). A photographer will be available to capture the moment (fee). 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (877) 935-2651 or

December 17:
Christmas Cookie Workshop, 371 Riverview Dr. Spend a sweet afternoon with our Pastry Chefs for the fun of decorating Christmas cookies. Each guest will receive one dozen cookies to decorate and take home. Colored icings, sprinkles and more fun decorations will be available along with punch and mulled cider! Join us in the Morgan Center for this annual tradition. 2-4 p.m. (877) 935-2651 or

December 19-24:
Christmas Bagpiper at Jekyll Island Club Hotel! Come hear the sounds of the season as Tim Akins bagpipes around the hotel. Join us for this free event and get into the holiday spirit! 4:30-5:20 p.m. 371 Riverview Dr. (877) 935-2651 or

December 19-21:
Ritz Radio Theatre presents: “A Christmas Carol” talented cast of local actors in Golden Isles Arts & Humanities’ production done just as it would have been done in the 1940s as a live radio drama. Friday & Saturday 8 p.m. Sunday 3 p.m. The Ritz Theatre, 1530 Newcastle St., Brunswick. Golden Isles Arts & Humanities, (912) 262-6934 or

December 20-22:
1/2 Day Youth Winter Soccer Camp! Coaches include Danielle Sunderhaus, a former US Women’s National Team & WUSA Professioinal soccer player. For 4-8 year old boys & girls. 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $100. Includes snacks. Family discounts availalbe. Frederica Park, St. Simons Island.

December 20-22:
Full Day Youth Winter Soccer Camp! Coaches include Danielle Sunderhaus, a former US Women’s National Team & WUSA Professioinal soccer player. For 9-18 year old boys & girls. 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $200. Includes snacks & lunch. Family discounts availalbe. Frederica Park, St. Simons Island.


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