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.
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!
January 1–February 28:
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.
39th Annual New Year’s Bluegrass Festival! Come experience what is becoming a Jekyll Island tradition, the New Year’s Bluegrass Festival. Take part in this 3 day event and hear some of the biggest names in bluegrass perform live at the Jekyll Island Convention Center, 75 Beach View Dr. N. (912) 635-6400 or adamsbluegrass.com.
Presidential Pathways! A striking collection of candid presidential photographs by the late New York Times photographer, George Tames. An expert at capturing the strength of character and the political stress, his iconic images include Kennedy leaning on the windowsill of the Oval Office, Nixon waving goodbye after his impeachment and more. 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. The Historic Ritz Theatre, 1530 Newcastle St. (912) 262-6934 or goldenislesarts.org.
Cinema Gourmet at the Historic Ritz Theatre: The Bicycle Thief! 6:30 p.m. This landmark Italian neorealist drama directed by Vittorio DeSica, is the story of an unemployed man who finds a job that requires a bicycle. When it is stolen on his first day of work, the man and his young son begin a frantic search, learning valuable lessons along the way. The Bicycle Thief works as a sentimental study of a father and son, a historical document, a social statement, and a record of one of the century’s most influential film movements. The Historic Ritz Theatre, 1530 Newcastle St. (912) 262-6934 or goldenislesarts.org.
Hotbed Hotel By Michael Parker! Terri and Brian Cody are hoping to sell their “One Star Hotel” in the Florida Keys, to the only man who has expressed any interest in buying it, a Mr. Sam Lewis from New York. In order to bolster Mr. Lewis’s interest, Terri and Brian devise a plan to make the hotel appear busier and more prosperous than it actually is. Their staff will masquerade as paying guests, thereby, giving Mr. Lewis the impression that the hotel is overflowing with loyal customers and vacationers. But their plan has one hitch, as their entire staff consists of a maintenance man named Hopkins and a sexy housemaid named Maureen. Scantily-clad ladies and mix-ups as to who should be in what bed and with whom add to the Cody’s predicament and For Sale could become No Sale. January 9, 10, 16, 17, 23 and 24 at 8 p.m., January 11, 18 and 25 at 3 p.m. General Admission, $20. College Student with College ID, $10. Students 18 or younger, $5. Pier Village/Casino Theatre, 530 Beachview Dr. (912) 638-0338 or visit theislandplayers.com.
Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra The New Year Begins! BEETHOVEN’S “EMPEROR” Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. Florida Blue Masterworks Series! Steven Smith, conductor. Gabriela Martinez, piano*. BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No. 5, “Emperor”*. MENDELSSOHN “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Overture. BERLIOZ “King Lear” Overture. J. STRAUSS, JR. Emperor Waltz. Celebrate the beginning of 2015 with this Viennese inspired concert! Conducted by Steven Smith, music director of the Richmond Symphony, featuring rising young star Gabriela Martinez performing Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto. Ticket Prices, $25-$72. 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.
2015 HOLY LAND CLASSIC! 10 Breathtaking Days of Biblical Understanding. Join Dr. and Mrs. Charles Adams with Bishop and Mrs. James King on this Holy Land Classic tour. Visit Capernaum, Mount of Beatitudes, Cana, Nazareth, Caesarea, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Qumran, Mt. of Olives, Gethsemane, Western Wall, Pool of Bethesda, Dead Sea and the Garden Tomb. For more information please contact Dr. Charles Adams, (912) 638-8688 or email@example.com.
Warmth in Winter! “Songs, Stories and Hospitality” Epworth By The Sea! A SPECIAL INVITE FROM Andy Offutt Irwin… When I think of warmth, I think of comfort. When I think of comfort, I think of home. When I think of home, I think of hospitality – the act of bringing others into our homes. (912) 638-8688 or epworthbythesea.org.
Atwater-Donnelly in Concert, 7 p.m. Award winning, internationally acclaimed duo, Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly return to the Ritz to present an evening of traditional American and Celtic folk songs and percussive dance. The Historic Ritz Theatre, 1530 Newcastle St. (912) 262-6934 or goldenislesarts.org.
Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra THE COCKTAIL HOUR: Music of The Mad Men Era! Friday & Saturday, 8 p.m. Fidelity National Financial Pops Series! Steven Reineke, conductor. Ryan Silverman & Nikki Renee, guest vocalists. Light up a Lucky, and pour yourself a highball. This is the music of the Mad Men era. Steven Reineke leads the top 40’s of the early 60’s. A few ounces of Paul Anka, a shot of Brenda Lee and even a splash of Ben E. King –all mixed into a Mad Men musical cocktail! Ticket Prices, $25-$72. 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.
Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra THE MUSIC OF WHITNEY HOUSTON! 8 p.m. Brent Havens, conductor. Rashidra Scott, special guest. Broadway sensation Rashidra Scott celebrates Whitney’s Biggest hits…”Saving All My Love,” “How Will I Know,” “Where Do Broken Hearts Go?,” “I Will Always Love You” and more. Ticket Prices, $39-$79. PIT, $99. Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, Jim and Jan Moran Theater, 300 West Water St. Call (904) 354-5547 or JaxSymphony.org for more information.
George Washington’s Mount Vernon: Legacy of an American Gardener! Dean Norton, Director of Horticulture at Mount Vernon, will present “George Washington’s Mount Vernon: Legacy of an American Gardener” at the Coastal Georgia Historical Society’s Annual Membership Meeting, from 3–4 p.m. at The Cloister. There is no charge for Coastal Georgia Historical Society members. The cost for non-members is $25. Pre-registration is required for all attendees by visiting saintsimonslighthouse.org.
Peach State Opera Presents The Elixir of Love, 3 p.m. Composer Gaetano Donizetti’s operatic masterpiece of a faux love potion that causes a domino effect of hilarious plot twists and surprise romantic turns. Performed by Peach State Opera, Georgia’s only touring opera company. The Historic Ritz Theatre, 1530 Newcastle St. (912) 262-6934 or goldenislesarts.org.
Jacksonville Symphony Youth Orchestra (JSYO) Young Artists Concerto Competition Finals! 6 p.m. Scott C. Gregg, conductor. The top-level JSYO musicians play an inspiring final recital round for a chance to solo with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra at the Major/Minor concert. Admission is free. 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.
Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra Symphony 101 – REFLECTIONS ON MOZART! 12:30 p.m. Happy 259th Birthday, Mozart! Join us as we explore the vast history of a short-lived life and his musical accomplishments. Lunch/lecture at 12:30 p.m. Open rehearsal begins at 2 p.m. $15 for Box lunch, lecture and open rehearsal. Robert E. Jacoby Symphony Hall at the Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts, 300 West Water St. Reservations (904) 354-5547 or JaxSymphony.org for more information.
Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MOZART! Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Friday & Saturday, 8 p.m. Florida Blue Masterworks Series! Mayo Clinic Coffee Series! Christopher Warren-Green, conductor. Fumiaki Miura, violin*. Fumiaki Miura is the 2014-15 Yvonne Charvot Barnett Young Artist. MOZART Eine kleine Nachtmusik. MOZART Violin Concerto No. 5, “Turkish”*. MOZART Symphony No. 40. Get caught up in a night of Mozart. From “A Little Night Music” to Symphony No. 40, this evening will have you applauding. Join Christopher Warren-Green, music director of Charlotte Symphony, and the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra as they say Happy Birthday to Mozart! 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.
January 30-February 1:
Christian Women’s Quilting Retreat “Live the Blooming Life” at Epworth By The Sea, 100 Arthur J. Moore Dr. Work on a fun beginner’s quilt and fellowship with new and old quilting friends. Learn new techniques, enjoy fun surprises, go on an optional shop hop and receive a T-shirt. You’ll also have some personal reflection time as we go through a mini-devotional entitled: Live the Blooming Life. In addition to the quilt retreat, Mavis Rosbach of Quiltbird Studio expands these devotions with her own ‘Biblical Quilt Blocks’ that tie back to the lessons! Sign up early because spaces are limited! quiltbirdstudio.com. For more information visit epworthbythesea.org or (912) 638-8688.
Golden Isles Live! Presents “Let’s Hang On”, A Frankie Valli Tribute at Glynn Academy Auditorium, 1001 Mansfield St., 7:30 p.m. Coast-to-Coast touring sensation. Tight vocal harmonies and choreograph, Featuring music and nostalgia of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, including a nod to Broadway smash “Jersey Boys.” A live band and great theatrical production bring songs of the ’60s to life. (912) 638-4111 or goldenisleslive.org.