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.
Visual Art Classes for all Ages! Ranging from drawing to pottery to painting, led by a variety of artists. Price and time varies. 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.
Latin and Ballroom Group Dance Classes! Swing, salsa, cha-cha, waltz, rumba, foxtrot and more. Times and locations vary. $3-7 per class. Golden Isles Dancers, (912) 634-8219 or firstname.lastname@example.org or dancegoldenisles.com.
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!
Island Treasures! Jekyll Island commissions a group of highly skilled artisans from across the U.S. to create an array of stunning, handworked glass globes. During this 2 month long program, “Beach Buddies” hide these floats along the beaches for lucky visitors to find. Treasure finders can register their Island Treasure at the Jekyll Island Visitor Information Center to receive a bio on the artist and a certificate of authenticity. The Jekyll Island Visitor Information Center has Island Treasure floats and an array of the other colorful glass creations for purchase in-store. (912) 635-3636 or jekyllisland.com/island-treasures.
The Symphony Society presents: Cabaret 2017 – Let Freedom Ring A Star Spangled Specular! This will be held at The Cloister Hotel, 100 Cloister Drive, Sea Island, GA from 6-11 p.m. Tickets will be $175.00 per person.
Whiskey, Wine & Wildlife – “W3” artfully combines renowned beverage tastings and inspired cuisine from some of the South’s best and award-winning chefs, an esteemed group of masters from all walks of life. From master distillers, master chefs, master wildlife researchers and famous pitmasters, to Georgia’s only Master Sommelier, Michael McNeill. Jekyll Island’s exquisite natural beauty has long drawn guests to its barrier shores. From the millionaires of America’s golden age and their vibrant history with the Jekyll Island Club, to today’s stunning new oceanfront convention center and newly revitalized Beach Village with shopping, dining and beach promenade, that also includes The Westin Jekyll Island, 110 Ocean Way, Jekyll Island, GA. whiskeywineandwildlife.com
Schedule of Events:
Thursday, February 9: NEW This Year! Four-Course Wine Dinner, 6:30 pm at The Reserve,
The Westin Jekyll Island with Master Sommelier, Michael McNeill, The Winebow Group, Atlanta, GA and guest chef Raj Gupta, New Castle Hotels & Resorts, Halifax, Canada
Friday, February 10: NEW This Year! Wine Cruise with Captain Phillip, 11 am – 1 pm
departs from the Jekyll Island Historic District Wharf
Friday, February 10: “W3 Master Class Pours”: 2 – 5 pm The Westin Jekyll Island:2 – 2:45 pm: “Exploring the Wilds of Wine” Join Master Sommelier, Michael McNeill, The Winebow Group, Atlanta, GA and Advanced Sommelier, Eric Crane, Empire Distributors, Atlanta, GA as they guide you through tastings of several wine regions, from the wild west coast and beyond.
3 – 3:45: “The Best of Craft Brewing” Meet Brew Masters from right here in Georgia and around the country – and taste the variety of craft brews now available for every palate: Join Kevin Ryan with Service Brewing, Boston Beer, Ballast Point and more.
4 – 4:45: “Field to Glass”, Craft Distilled Spirits with the Master Distillers. Whether you’re a connoisseur of craft distilled spirits or a novice at tasting, you’ll enjoy a lively learning experience on the evolution of different craft distilled spirits, with Erik Vonk, Richland Rum, Farmer Redmond, Six & Twenty Distillery and Mark Coffman, Alltech Brewing.
Friday, February 10: “Whiskey Inspired”: 6:30 – 9 pm The Westin Jekyll Island – Enjoy a hotel takeover! The Westin Lobby, The Reserve Restaurant and Oceanfront Lawn Enjoy whiskeys, wines and beers, along with a showcase of whiskey inspired classic cocktails and culinary delights. Take home a souvenir crystal, Glencairn whisky glass.
Saturday, February 11: “Whiskey, Wine & Wildlife – W3”: 1 – 4 pm Jekyll Island Beach Village.
VIP Lounge, presented by Ocean Oaks, with early access from 12 – 4 pm, Harry’s Rooftop Lounge, The Westin Jekyll Island. *Limited VIP tickets available. The main event takes place in the Beach Village with all the “W’s” and more. An afternoon of exceptional beverage and culinary tastings from some of the South’s leading chefs and coastal favorites, great music and an opportunity to experience Jekyll Island’s native wildlife up close, from turtles to alligators! And take home a special souvenir glass.
Sunday, February 12: “W3 Sunday Brunch”: 12:30- 3:30 pm The Westin Jekyll Island,
The Reserve restaurant. The grand finale brunch will be the Westin’s culinary team showcase – with unlimited spirits, wine, beer and Champagne tastings, classic cocktails, Bloody Mary Bar, culinary delights and more – legendary finale with a laid-back beach vibe.
Village Green Entertainment Main Stage
1 – 4 pm: Briteside Band, Jacksonville, FL
Atlanta Magazine Stage
1:30: “Not Your Mama’s Pork & Greens” with Chef Holly Chute, Executive Chef, Georgia Grown; Stage Emcee: Tom Neville, Georgia Grown
2:15: “Meet & Taste with W3’s Master Distillers” – with Erik Vonk, Richland Rum, Farmer Redmond, Six & Twenty Distillery and Mark Coffman, Alltech Brewing; Stage Emcee: Jesse Blanco, Eat It and Like It
3:15: “The Hottest Craft Brews” with a variety of Brew Masters and brewery owners and ambassadors
Jacksonville Magazine Stage – Stage Emcee: Amy Robertson, Jacksonville Magazine
1:15: “The Sommelier’s Guide to Tasting at W3” with Master Sommelier, Michael McNeill, The Winebow Group, Atlanta, GA and Advanced Sommelier, Eric Crane, Empire Distributors, Atlanta, GA
2:15: “Cooking with Chef Kenny Gilbert”, Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen, Fernandina Beach, and Gilbert’s Social in Jacksonville, FL
3:15: “Farm to Fork” with Chef Ülfet Ralph, Little St. Simons Island, GA
Jekyll Island Foundation Stage, presented by Brunswick News Publishing
1:00: “Totally Terrapins” – Bethany Wilson, Georgia Sea Turtle Center
2:00: “Georgia Sea Turtles” – Belinda Merkelis, Georgia Sea Turtle Center
3:00: “Protect our Predators” – Kimberly Andrews, Georgia Sea Turtle Center
“Wings, Q & Brews Alley” presented by Springer Mountain Farms
A special “Wings, Q + Brews Alley” will be part of the Saturday afternoon festivities, with some of the South’s most revered Pitmasters, Big Green Egg grill masters and chefs including: B’s Cracklin’ BBQ, Savannah & Atlanta, GA; Griffin Bufkin, Harrison Sapp and John Helfrich of Southern Soul Barbecue, St. Simons, GA; Orchid Paulmeier, Hilton Head Island, SC; Ron Eyester, Southern Bistro, Atlanta, GA and Kenny Gilbert, Gilbert’s Underground Kitchen, Fernandina Beach, and Gilbert’s Social in Jacksonville, FL.
February 10 & 24:
The Coastal Georgia Historical Society, in conjunction with the St. Simons Land Trust, will offer in-depth history tours of Cannon’s Point Preserve on January 13 at 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Archaeology consultant Myrna Crook will provide detailed 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 at 9:30 a.m. and will return at 12:30 p.m. The tour is $65 per person. To register, or call 912-634-7090 or saintsimonslighthouse.org.
Cinema Gourmet presents, La Belle et La Bete, 6:30-9 p.m. at the Historic Ritz Theatre. Enjoy a screening of La Belle et La Bete preceded by a tasting of delicious food. Tickets can be purchased online or at the Ritz Theatre, Tues.-Fri., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by calling 912-262-6934. Tickets for Cinema Gourmet are $18/person for tasting, talk and film. Reservations must be made the Monday prior to the screening. Tickets for talk & film are only $5/person and are available at the door the night of the screening. The Historic Ritz Theatre is located at 1530 Newcastle St., Brunswick, GA 31520.
The Southeast Georgia Health System Foundation Bridge Run! This 5K goes across the scenic Sidney Lanier Bridge in Brunswick, Georgia, has become a signature event for the Health System and the Golden Isles. Unique among bridge runs, the event takes place entirely on the 7,780-foot Sidney Lanier Bridge. Certified by the U.S. Track and Field Association as “the toughest 5K in Georgia,” each year participants start on the southbound side of the bridge, go over, and return back, crossing the bridge twice. The event is not for the timid, and should only be attempted by those who have properly trained. The Bridge Run also includes a fun walk after the race is over, followed by a family-friendly festival featuring community vendors, food and drink, entertainment and children’s activities. Proceeds benefit the Health System’s cancer care programs. the-bridge-run.org.
You are cordially invited to attend our annual “Saint Simons Island Storytelling Festival” featuring nationally known, professional storytellers! Four renowned storytellers have accepted the invitation to participate. Be prepared to laugh, shed a few tears and enjoy their stories. Storytellers are…
Donald Davis, “The Dean of Storytelling” “I didn’t learn stories, I just absorbed them.” Former Chairperson of the Board of Directors for the National Storytelling Association; featured teller at the Smithsonian Institution, the World’s Fair, festivals and concerts throughout the United States and the world; a prolific author and producer of books and tapes of his works; a master teacher of workshops and storytelling courses; a guest host for the National Public Radio Program “Good Evening;” Davis is a retired United Methodist minister. He has recorded 25 storytelling albums and written several books based on his stories.
Lyn Ford, “Teller of Home-Fried Tales.” A fourth-generation, nationally recognized storyteller in the Affrilachian tradition of joy and love. Home-Fried Tales are folktale adaptations, sppoky tales and original stories rooted in Lyn’s family multicultural Affrilachian storytelling traditions. These stories are often enriched with call and response, choral response, rhythm and rhyme, humor and heart. Lyn is a teaching artist with the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education, workshop facilitator with the Ohio State based Collaborative Initiative of The Kennedy Center. Her books Beyond the Briar Patch and Affrilachian Tales have won the Anne Izard Storytellers’ Choice Award. She is a writer, recording artist with award winning CDs, and a certified Laughter Yoga leader.
Bil Lepp, “Champion Liar of Tall Tales & Witty Stories.” Award-winning storyteller, writer and recording artist, Bil has been featured 13 times at the National Storytelling Festival, performed at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and Comedy Central’s stage in Los Angeles. Adept at spinning tales and exaggerating circumstances, Bil is a champion liar, filling his stories with morsels of truth which shed light on universal themes. His mirthful tales and delightful insights into everyday life include hunting trips to funerals or a visit to the dentist. Author of three books, ten audio collections, a non-fiction book and a novel. His family-oriented stories are clever and witty.
Andy Offutt Irwin, “The Man is an Outer-Kid.” Some people have inner-kids. Andy has an outer-kid. With a manic Silly Putty voice, astonishing mouth noises and hilarious stories, he is equal parts mischievous school boy and the Marx Brothers, peppered with a touch of the Southern balladeer. People are drawn to him like magnets to a refrigerator. And inside, it’s all Mountain Dew and Jolt Cola. Andy is a storyteller, humorist, singer, songwriter, musician, whistler, walking menagerie of sound effects and dialects, and so much more; some of his talents are hard to categorize. Honors include the 2013 National Storytelling Network’s Circle of Excellence Award. Appearances include the National Storytelling Festival, International Storytelling Center and Guest Artist at the “FAME” School, Disney World, the “Southern Comedy Tour,” Oxford College and of course, his one-man show.
Visit epworthbythesea.org or call 912-638-8688 for more information.
A Wizard of Earthsea live at the Historic Ritz Theatre, 1530 Newcastle St., Corner of F Street, Brunswick, GA. Originally published in 1968, Ursula K. Le Guin’s, A Wizard of Earthsea marks the first of the six now beloved Earthsea titles. Ged was the greatest sorcerer in Earthsea, but in his youth he was the reckless Sparrowhawk. In his hunger for power and knowledge, he tampered with long-held secrets and loosed a terrible shadow upon the world. This is the tumultuous tale of his testing, how he mastered the mighty words of power, tamed an ancient dragon, and crossed death’s threshold to restore the balance. The Ritz Theatre presents this book as a multi-media staged reading, featuring a talented cast of local performers. goldenislesarts.org.
Golden Isles Live: Presents Cherish The Ladies at the Glynn Academy Auditorium, 1001 Mansfield St, Brunswick, GA. Celebrating 30 Years of Music Making. With their unique spectacular blend of instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements and stunning step dancing, this powerhouse group combines all the facets of Irish culture and puts forth an immensely humorous and entertaining package. Grammy® Nominated Irish/American Supergroup. Adult $35 per ticket, Student/Child $10 per ticket. goldenisleslive.org.
February 27 – March 2:
CiJoin us for a Painting Workshop with West Fraser at Greyfield Inn! This is a special opportunity to study and paint with West Fraser on Cumberland Island, GA – one of Fraser’s favorite places of inspiration and the subject of several of his paintings. The 3-day workshop will be an intensive immersion into the world of plein-air painting on the beautiful setting of Georgia’s Golden Isles, with one of the nation’s premiere plein-air painters. Fraser will personally work with each participant on the ideas and theories of color, the illusion of light, and how to create a naturalistic plein-air painting. The workshop will also include demonstrations from West and artist critique. Learn the what, when, why, & how of outdoor painting with us this February! Participants should be ready and prepared to paint on location on a remote island. Prior experience with on-location painting and equipment is suggested. Prior to the workshop, equipment suggestions will be emailed to each participant. To Book Your Painting Workshop: Call Greyfield Inn’s Reservation Office at 904-261-6408. Email email@example.com