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.
Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation State Historic Site, open Wednesday through Sunday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Museum, trails, guided tour of plantation house. $8 adults, $7 seniors, $5 youth. (912) 264-7333 for more information.
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.
A signature experience on the Georgia Coast, oceanfront “ice” skating on Jekyll Island. Located oceanfront and situated just south of the Holiday Inn Resort, the outdoor synthetic rink is open November through January. Skate rentals, concessions, and panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean are all available at the Jekyll Island Skating Village. Tickets may only be purchased on-site and day-of at the Skating Village. The rink will not be available for private parties or rentals this season. $5 per skater for 30-minute session, Hours: January 1-7: 3 to 9 p.m. (912) 635-3636.
42nd 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. Order tickets online at adamsbluegrass.com. (706) 864-7203 or adamsbluegrass.com/New-Year-s-Bluegrass-Festival.
Annual Polar Bear Plunge! How brave are you? Are you brave enough to dive into the icy waters of the Neptune Fun Zone Pool in January? This is a free event for anyone daring enough to take the plunge. Come register beginning at 11:30 a.m. and there will be a countdown until plunge time at 12 noon. (912) 279-2836 or glynncounty.org.
The Island Players Presents I Hate Hamlet! Set in John Barrymore’s old apartment in New York City – at the time, the author’s real life home – the play follows successful television actor Andrew Rally as he struggles with taking on the dream role of Hamlet, dealing with a girlfriend who is keeping a firm grip on her chastity, and playing host to the ghost of John Barrymore, clothed as Hamlet, has come back to earth for the sole purpose of convincing Rally to play the part. Jan. 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27 at 7:30 p.m. Matinees: Jan. 14, 21, 28 at 3 p.m. Casino Theatre, 530 Beachview. (912) 638-0338 or theislandplayers.com
St. Simons Land Trust Oyster Roast! The Land Trust is thrilled to announce that the 18th annual Oyster Roast has been scheduled for Saturday, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Gascoigne Bluff. This annual event is one that the SSLT team and members, along with the entire island community, look forward to each year. It is a night of food, fun and community, and none of it would be possible without the help of our volunteers, donors and sponsors. Last year’s event was a smashing success and we look forward to another fantastic evening! Tickets are $85 for non-members, and $60 for members (through Jan. 5). We hope to see you there! (912) 638-9109 or sslt.org.
January 16-February 20:
(Tuesdays) Coastal Georgia Historical Society’s Senior Historian, Buddy Sullivan, will present a six-week history course, “An Overview of Coastal Georgia History,” which chronologically traces Georgia’s coastal history from Native American culture through 20th century events, including World War II. While covering the coast from Savannah to St. Marys, the focus of the lecture series will be on St. Simons, Jekyll, and Brunswick. Sullivan has conducted this winter series for the Society since 1995. The course meets on Tuesday afternoons, January 16-February 20, from 4 – 6 p.m., at the A.W. Jones Heritage Center, 610 Beachview Dr. The cost for the course is $65 for Society members and $110 for non-members. Registration is required by visiting coastalgeorgiahistory.org or calling (912) 634-7090.
Harrington School Sweetgrass Basket Sewing Class. The class will be from 11-2 p.m. at the Harrington School. This class will be taught by Mr. Gregory Grant of Liberty County. Gregory is an expert in sweetgrass basket making in the Gullah Geechee tradition. The class is $100 and all supplies and equipment will be provided. You will also be able to take your creation home with you. Space is limited. Please call the Harrington School at (912) 638-0341 between Tuesday-Thursday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. to reserve your spot and make payment.
Winter Classroom Gatorology 101! Join Jekyll Island’s wildlife researchers for an all-things-alligator class. During this hands-on experience, you will learn about the American alligator’s biology, behavior, and conservation while we demystify common misconceptions about these amazing reptiles. You will also learn about the alligator research happening on Jekyll Island and how it helps create a safe co-existence for alligators and people. At the end of your 45-minute class you graduate as an Alligator Advocate armed with a new understanding of how to safely enjoy these intriguing reptiles and how you can help support alligator conservation. General admission into The Georgia Sea Turtle Center included in purchase. 12-2 p.m. (912) 635-3636 or https://shopjekyllisland.myshopify.com/products/winter-classroom-gatorology-101.
Get ready for the annual Brunswick Rockin’ Stewbilee, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at Mary Ross Waterfront Park. Each year, cooking teams from near and far compete to see who has the best stew, competing for the Peoples’ Choice and Judges’ Award. The day long event begins with the 5k Road Race followed by the Pet Supplies Plus Pooch Parade, Live Entertainment, The Kid’s Junior Stewbee Central Fun Zone, Classic and Antique Car Show, Arts & Crafts displays and of course, sampling of the Best Brunswick Stew in the nation. Advanced tickets are $3 for kids under 6 years, $6 for adults or $4 and $9 on the day of the event. stewbilee.com.
Epworth By The Sea’s Winter Conference. Our theme will be “Alive Together in Worship” as we seek to discover new ways to create vibrant and intimate worship experiences. Bishop James Swanson and our own South Georgia Bishop, Lawson Bryan, will participate in leading the conference. Dr. Ben Witherington, III, Professor of New Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary, will be the Bible teacher. epworthbythesea.org.
Peach State Opera Presents Cinderella! Don’t miss the opportunity to see opera live at the Ritz with Peach State Opera’s production of Cinderella at 3 pm. Advance tickets for Golden Isles Arts & Humanities members are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors. Advance tickets for nonmembers are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors (age 65 and up). Price increases $5 if tickets are purchased the day of the show. The cost for students (with ID) is always $5 each. To purchase advance tickets, visit www.goldenislesarts.org, or the Ritz Theatre box office, 1530 Newcastle St., Tuesdays – Fridays 9 am to 5 pm. For more information, call (912) 262-6934.