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.
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.
December 1 – January 1:
Holidays in History on Jekyll Island! Jekyll Island is transformed for the holiday season. The Historic District decorated in Christmas grandeur and special themed tours take guests back in time to Christmas during the Club era. The season begins with the Christmas Tree Lighting Festival the Saturday after Thanksgiving and continues with storytelling, caroling, craft workshops, and more. (912) 635-2600 or visit jekyllclub.com.
December 2, 3, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21:
Reynolds Mansion Holiday Tours! Come Celebrate the holiday season at the Reynolds Mansion on Sapelo Island. Enjoy a South End Island Tour then a delicious lunch in the elegant R. J. Reynolds era dining hall, followed by a history tour of the Mansion. Saturdays will be a Hot Pancake Brunch with a Mansion Tour. Monday, Wednesday & Friday, Luncheon/Mansion/South End Tour, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Tuesday & Thursday, Luncheon/Mansion/South End Tour, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.; Saturday, Brunch/Mansion Tour, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The ferryboat departs at 8:30 a.m. sharp, so arrive no later than 8 a.m. to allow time to park and purchase ferry tickets. The ferry is $15 round trip. The Brunch/Mansion tour is $15 per person plus cost of the ferry. Lunch/South End tours are $30 plus cost of the ferry. Excursions are limited to 36 people and booked on a first come, first served basis. (912) 485-2299 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
December 3 – 28:
100 under $100 at Glynn Art! Open reception on Thursday, December 5, 2013 from 5-7 p.m. 529 Beachview Dr. Call (912) 638-8770 or visit glynnart.org.
MICHAEL W. SMITH Christmas Concert with Special Guest Angie Miller, at 8 p.m. One of today’s most acclaimed Christian artists, Michael W. Smith’s heartwarming performance of Christmas favorites is sure to delight the whole family. American Idol finalist Angie Miller will join Michael W. Smith as special guest. Ticket prices: $35-$85. Symphony Toy Drive with The Salvation Army! Patrons are asked to bring new, unwrapped toys from Dec. 3-15 to any of the Symphony performances for a child in need. Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall, at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, 300 Water St., Jacksonville. Single tickets: $16–26. (904) 354-5547 or JaxSymphony.org.
Mike Kitchens Talk and book signing of Ghosts of Grandeur, Georgia’s Lost Antebellum Homes and Plantations. 7 p.m. Reservations required. 610 Beachview Dr. (912) 634-7095 or saintsimonslighthouse.org.
December 6 – 28:
Annual Student Art Show Exhibit featuring works from local students PK-12. Wed.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Historic Ritz Theatre, 1530 Newcastle St., Brunswick. Golden Isles Arts & Humanities, (912) 262-6934 or goldenislesarts.org.
December 6 – 8:
VyStar presents “FIRST COAST NUTCRACKER” with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. Friday, at 8 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. Sunday, at 2 p.m. Enter the magical world of childlike imagination at one of Jacksonville’s greatest holiday traditions. The First Coast Nutcracker will enchant the whole family, showcasing internationally renowned principal dancers Joseph Phillips from the American Ballet Theatre and Irina Sapozhnikova, who is an acclaimed “Young Ballet Dancer of the World,” our area’s finest young dance corps and Tchaikovsky’s best-loved melodies played by your Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. Ticket prices: $18-$50. Symphony Toy Drive with The Salvation Army! Patrons are asked to bring new, unwrapped toys from Dec. 3-15 to any of the Symphony performances for a child in need. Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall, at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, 300 Water St., Jacksonville. Single tickets: $16–26. (904) 354-5547 or JaxSymphony.org.
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 brunswickgeorgia.net.
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 goldenislesarts.org.
Cassina Tour of Homes & Bake Sale! The tour, “Sea Island Holiday Traditions”, will showcase five beautiful homes and The Cloister on Sea Island, each with festive decorations including a seasonal arrangement designed by a Cassina member using local greenery. Tour of Homes, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Bake Sale, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tour $45 advance, $50 day of. Gascoigne Bluff. Cassina Garden Club, (912) 399-1152 or cassinagardenclub.org.
Christmas Boat Parade of Lights, 6 p.m. Get into the holiday spirit and join the Golden Isles Sailing Club’s Fourth Annual Christmas Parade of Lights to welcome the Holiday Season! 1530 Newcastle St., Mary Ross Waterfront Park. (912) 275-7774 or goldenislessailingclub.com.
Celebrate St. Nicholas Day! Enjoy a 1920s Christmas party at the Jennings family home on Jekyll Island. Music and light refreshments, storytelling, games, and a visit with St. Nicholas offer entertainment opportunities for the whole family. $10 per person. 2-4 p.m. Reservations required. Jekyll Island Museum, (912) 635-4036.
A Madeira and Dessert Tasting! Tim Rutherford, food critic from Savannah will host a Madeira and dessert tasting to begin the Ashantilly holiday season. Limited seating. 4 p.m. $35 donation per person; $60 for couples. Ashantilly Center, Hwy. 99, Darien. (912) 437-4473 or 230-6962 or ashantilly.org.
Coastal Youth Symphony Concert, 3 p,m. Glynn Academy Memorial Auditorium, 1001 Mansfield St., Brunswick. coastalsymphonyofgeorgia.org.
Catch the coastal Christmas Spirit early! Be inspired to deck your own halls when you tour the “Christmas On The Bluff” Holiday House in Sutherland Bluff. This beautiful coastal house will be open for one afternoon only, from 1 to 5 p.m. The 2013 Holiday House is located at 2747 Sutherland Bluff Drive, in north McIntosh County, in the elegant gated community of Sutherland Bluff. In partnership with the Holiday House, the McIntosh Art Association is displaying an exhibition of work by local artists at the Sapelo Hammock Golf Club house, which is located at the gates of Sutherland Bluff. Visitors to the Holiday House can buy their tickets at the Sapelo Hammock Club house and enjoy the exhibition and perhaps do a little Christmas shopping as the Art Association will have a small shop featuring objects designed and made by local artists. Tickets for the Holiday House are $10 and are available at the Old Jail Art Center in Darien, the Posh Pineapple in Eulonia, and Liza! for Hair in Shellman Bluff. Tickets will be available at the door the day of the tour. For tickets or information, call (912) 832-5433 or e-mail email@example.com.
December 8 – 10:
Holiday Open House at Ashantilly. Drop in to enjoy the “Old Tabby’s” natural holiday spirit, and enjoy Michael Angel’s decorative magic in Bill Haynes’ library. On Sunday, enjoy hot mulled wine and tastes of Christmas. 5-7 p.m. Ashantilly Center, Hwy. 99, Darien. (912) 437-4473 or 230-6962 or ashantilly.org.
A Festival of Christmas Brass! St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and Glynn Academy choirs join with an ensemble from the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra for Holiday season music. $15 per person. 7 p.m. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 900 Gloucester St., Brunswick. Glynn Academy Chorus, (912) 267-4210 x3110 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, “FREE HOLIDAY CONCERT”, at 7 p.m. The holidays come alive with a free concert by the Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra, featuring a showcase of several JSYO ensembles. Symphony Toy Drive with The Salvation Army! Patrons are asked to bring new, unwrapped toys from Dec. 3-15 to any of the Symphony performances for a child in need. Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall, at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, 300 Water St., Jacksonville. Single tickets: $16–26. (904) 354-5547 or JaxSymphony.org.
Holiday High Tea in the Grand Dining Room at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel. 3:30 p.m. $25 per person. This cherished tradition is more than the perfect cup of afternoon tea. Enjoy tea sandwiches, soup, warm scones with fruit compote, and exquisite holiday sweets as our pianist plays the season’s favorite carols. (912) 635-5155 to make reservations or visit jekyllclub.com.
Chef’s Demonstration at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel. “Theme: Chicken and Waffles-Breakfast or Dinner?” As the chef shows how to prepare two courses and the accompaniments, questions and comments are welcomed from the audience. 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. The chef provides a very generous tasting of each course, a glass of wine that compliments each meal and printed, easy-to-follow recipes. Come with an appetite! 1:30-3:30 p.m. Reservations are required. (912) 635-2600 or visit jekyllclub.com.
December 12 – 15:
Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, “HOLIDAY POPS”, Thursday, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, at 11 a.m. Friday & Saturday, at 8 p.m. Sunday, at 3 p.m. It’s Jacksonville’s favorite Holiday music tradition! Your family will thrill to the spectacle of the season with conductor Michael Butterman and the Jacksonville Symphony in this sparkling holiday celebration. Coffee concert ticket prices: $16-$26. Pops and Matinee concert ticket prices: $25-$72. Symphony Toy Drive with The Salvation Army! Patrons are asked to bring new, unwrapped toys from Dec. 3-15 to any of the Symphony performances for a child in need. Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall, at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, 300 Water St., Jacksonville. Single tickets: $16–26. (904) 354-5547 or JaxSymphony.org.
A Christmas Carol Glynn Academy Orchestra and Academy singers present Holiday music with orchestrated narration of Dickens’ classic read by Father Liam Collins. Donations appreciated. 7 p.m. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 900 Gloucester St., Brunswick. Glynn Academy Chorus, (912) 267-4210 x3110 or email@example.com.
December 13, 15 & 20:
“It’s a Wonderful Life,” Evening performances at 8 p.m., Sunday matinees at 3 p.m. Ritz Radio Theatre presents the beloved holiday story of an angel who helps a despairing businessman by showing what life would have been like if he never existed. “It’s A Wonderful Life” will be performed just as it would have been done in the 1940s as a live radio drama – in front of a live audience, with period costume and sound effects. Ritz Theatre, 1530 Newcastle St. $10 for seniors members, and $20 for adult non-members and $15 for senior non-members. Tickets bought the day of the show increase by $5. Students with ID are encouraged to come experience this tribute of an American legend for only $5 each, regardless of when the ticket is purchased. Golden Isles Arts & Humanities, (912) 262-6934 or goldenislesarts.org.
“The American Tenors” at 8 p.m., at the Cloisters! $20 adults, $10 students. Brunswick Community Concert Association, (912) 638-4111 or brunswickcommunityconcert.org.
December 14, 19 & 21:
“A Christmas Carol,” Evening performances at 8 p.m. Ritz Radio Theatre presents Charles Dickens’ immortal tale of the mean old miser Scrooge and his magical night discovering the true meaning of Christmas. “A Christmas Carol” will be performed just as it would have been done in the 1940s as a live radio drama – in front of a live audience, with period costume and sound effects. Ritz Theatre, 1530 Newcastle St. $10 for seniors members, and $20 for adult non-members and $15 for senior non-members. Tickets bought the day of the show increase by $5. Students with ID are encouraged to come experience this tribute of an American legend for only $5 each, regardless of when the ticket is purchased. Golden Isles Arts & Humanities, (912) 262-6934 or goldenislesarts.org.
Santa and the Sea Turtle’s! 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! Noon to 3 p.m. 214 Old Village Blvd. (912) 635-4444 or Georgia Sea Turtle Center.
Holiday Open House, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Stop into the gallery for last minute holiday shopping. On view are over 200 “little jewel” paintings that make the perfect holiday gifts. Featuring new, charming full-color Coastal Georgia Landmark note card sets by Mildred Huie. Enjoy a coffee and pastry tasting compliments of Starbucks Coffee. Café Rive Gauche at Left Bank Art Gallery is the only place where you can purchase Starbucks’ special light roast Mildred Huie blend! Unique gift baskets available for purchase as well as gift wrapping. Free and open to the public. 1819 Frederica Rd. (912) 638-3017 or Info@LeftBankArtGallery.com.
Santa Claus at Crane Cottage, 11:30-2 p.m. 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). (912) 635-2600 or visit jekyllclub.com.
Coastal Symphony of Georgia presents SUPPE: Poet and Peasant Overture, BRAHMS: Hungarian Dance No. 6, TCHAIKOVSKY: Nutcracker Suite Excerpts, BIZET-BORNE: Carmen Fantasy and Guest artist, flutist Mindy Heinsohn, is an active soloist, chamber musician and orchestral player who has performed in Europe, Central America, the United States and Canada. 8 p.m. Adults $25, Children/Students $5. Glynn Academy Memorial Auditorium, Brunswick. (912) 634-2006 or coastalsymphonyofgeorgia.org.
December 18 & 19:
Christmas Cookie Workshops at Morgan Center, 2-4 p.m. $15 per cookie maker, others $5. Bring your creativity, your sweet tooth and join our Pastry Chefs for an afternoon of Christmas cookie decorating. Each guest will get one dozen cookies to decorate and take home. Colored icings and traditional cookie sprinkles provided; punch and mulled cider, too! (912) 635-2600 or visit jekyllclub.com.
December 19 – 24:
The Christmas Bagpiper on the Hotel Grounds, 4-4:50 p.m. Free1 As he slowly treads the grounds near sunset, Scottish bagpiper Tim Akins heralds the season at the Hotel, Cherokee and Crane Cottage. In full Scottish regalia, his haunting pipes call out the songs of the season and traditional Scottish melodies. (912) 635-2600 or visit jekyllclub.com.
December 21 & 22:
Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, “Handel’s Messiah”, 8 p.m. on Sat., and 3 p.m. on Sun. Michael Butterman, conductor. Amid the frenzied hustle and bustle, it’s difficult to find an oasis of sanity to experience the meaning of Christmas. We have your oasis–Handel’s Messiah. Hallelujah! Handel’s masterpiece to this day is one of the most famous oratorios ever written. Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall, at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, 300 Water St., Jacksonville. Single tickets: $16–26. (904) 354-5547 or JaxSymphony.org.
New Year’s Eve After Dinner Party at the Morgan Center 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Ring in the New Year Millionaire style at the Jekyll Island Club Hotel. We will have an After Dinner Party at the Morgan Center with a DJ and Dancing. The party will feature Chocolate Fondue, a Gourmet Grilled Cheese Station, Breakfast Sliders and more! Admission is free to patrons dining in the Grand Dining Room and only $25 for the public. This is the holiday party you don’t want to miss, gather your friends and head over to Jekyll Island for New Year’s Eve. (912) 635-2600 or visit jekyllclub.com.
Toast! To The New Year! 8:30 p.m. Stuart Chafetz, conductor. Ring in the New Year with music by everyone’s favorite local band, your Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, featuring the show-stopping song and dance duo of Joan Hess and Kirby Ward. Enjoy light classics, waltzes and popular hits from Broadway to Vienna. After the concert, the party continues in the lobby overlooking the St. Johns River, culminating with a fabulous private outdoor view of the midnight Fireworks. The after-party includes light hors d’oeuvres, champagne, cash bar and live music and dancing.Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall, at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, 300 Water St., Jacksonville. Single tickets: $16–26. (904) 354-5547 or JaxSymphony.org.