St. Simons Island's Calendar
of Events for September, 2017

Today is Friday, September 22, 2017

Featured Calendar Events

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. (912) 638-4666 or

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. 5556 US HWY 17N, Brunswick, GA 31525.  (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

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

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

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

Rotary Club of St. Simons Island meets at 1 p.m., at the Sea Palms Convention Center, 5445 Frederica Rd.

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

Third Tuesdays:
Eco-Lecture Series at Village Creek Landing, 6 p.m. Each month a new guest speaker will discuss 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), 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 $30. 6 Classes for members $135. 6 Classes for non-members $150. Clay $25 for 25 lbs. All other supplies are provided in the studio. For more information, Glynn Visual Arts, 106 Island Drive, Saint Simons Island, GA (912) 638-8770 or visit

Our Legacy Preserved! Interpreters escort small groups through the historic district for an intimate look at efforts to preserve the stories of the people of Jekyll Island Club. 2 p.m. $35, children 7-15 $15, children 6 & under free. Reservations required. The Jekyll Island Museum, 100 Stable Rd. (912) 635-4036 or

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 $20. 6 Classes for members $100. 6 Classes for non-members $110. Clay $13 for 12 lbs. For more information, Glynn Visual Arts, 106 Island Drive, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522 (912) 638-8770 or visit

Second Sundays:
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!

September 1:
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

September 1-3:
Southern Grown Festival! In this celebration of all things Southern – food, drink and music! – Southern Grown 2017 builds on Sea Island’s 89-year history of creating exceptional experiences. Last year’s inaugural festival was a resounding success, laying the foundation for an expanded and even more vibrant weekend. Top culinary and spirits personalities, renowned bands, and a raft of intriguing instructional sessions combine to create a remarkable multi-day program that showcases the best of the South. It’s all offered in the world-class setting of Sea Island. (844) 460-2539 or to purchase tickets to Southern Grown,

September 2:
Southern Grown Concert Series presents Drive By Truckers LIVE in concert! The music of the American South in a two-act forum culminates with the arrival of Drive by Truckers, from Athens, Georgia. The VIP section is catered by Chef Chris Dickerson of Corner Taco from Jacksonville, Florida. While the local favorite, Southern Soul, takes over the Cook House. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Founded in 1996 by singer/songwriter/guitarists Mike Cooley and Patterson Hood, the Drive-By Truckers have long held a progressive fire in their belly. AMERICAN BAND’s considerable force can in part be credited to the sheer musical strength of the current Drive-By Truckers line-up, with Hood and Cooley joined by bassist Matt Patton, keyboardist/multi-instrumentalist Jay Gonzalez, and drummer Brad Morgan – together, the longest-lasting iteration in the band’s two-decade history. (912) 638-3611. For tickets click here.

September 2 & 3:
St. Simons Island Antique Show! Antique dealers from all over the southeast, featuring a vast array of fine and fun merchandise, including furniture, collectibles, primitives, jewelry, silver, glassware, etc. Located under the oaks, on the grounds of the beautiful revitalized Postell Park, on Beachview Dr. off Mallery St., St. Simons Island, in the historic Pier Village area. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission and parking.

September 3:
Little Light Music – September 3 – Sounds of Motown! The Sensational Sounds of Motown have been entertaining audiences throughout the Southeast for nearly 20 years with their excellent, high-energy performances. The band is comprised of six veteran musicians with an impressive list of touring and performance credits under their belts. You’ll hear Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and Sly Stone… and that’s just in the first set! Grab your picnic basket and a lawn chair or blanket to relax on. 7-9 p.m. $12 adults, children free. On the oceanfront lawn beneath the Lighthouse on St. Simons Island.

September 3:
Rhythm on the River – Raczynski and Friends! Bring the kids, chairs or blanket, a picnic and your favorite beverage. 6-8 p.m. Free admission. Mary Ross Waterfront Park, Bay & Gloucester St., Downtown Brunswick. (912) 265-4032.

September 6:
The Literary Guild of St. Simons Island Film Series presents “Our Little Sister,” Japan, 2015, directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda. Sachi Koda was left to care for her sisters, Yoshino and Chika, when their mother left their old, sprawling home in the seaside town of Kamakura a year after their father left her for another woman. News of the father’s death 14 years later brings the three twenty-somethings north where they meet their sibling from his second marriage, Suzu, and invite her to come live with them. 7 p.m. at the St. Simons Casino Building, 550 Beachview Dr., St. Simons Island. In Japanese with English subtitles; 127 minutes; rated PG. A $3 donation is requested to defray costs. or (912) 279-2836.

September 9:
Southern Grown Farmers Market! Support southern vendors at the Southern Grown Farmers Market. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Enjoy live music, fresh produce, samples, and southern products at this family-friendly event. This event is open to the public and held at The Market at Sea Island, 351 Sea Island Rd., St. Simons Island. Southern Grown Food, Drink and Music Festival is held annually at Sea Island and celebrates all things southern. For more information, please visit

September 10:
Tipsy’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill is hosting a Bartender Showdown, and yep, it’s our first rodeo. Come and see what the Sam Hill is going on as 8 local bartenders rope some spirits in a bracket style competition with mystery ingredients to create the winning cocktail. The best part is the audience gets to sample the whole competition so who is the real winner? This event is free to attend but must be 21 and up to participate – no buckaroos can drink this firewater. 1414 Newcastle St. in Historic Downtown Brunswick. or 912-267-9991.

September 15-17:
Shrimp and Grits Festival! Bring your appetite as one of Jekyll Island’s most popular annual events arrives. The succulent stars of the Wild Georgia Shrimp Festival are two of the South’s most beloved foods “shrimp and grits” as this Island-wide event delights all the senses with delicious foods, live music and great entertainment! Highlighting the weekend will be amateur and professional chefs competing in the Annual Shrimp and Grits Cook-Off, a craft beer tasting, shrimp eating contest and much more. The main event takes place in the Jekyll Island Historic District (right in front of the Hotel) and kicks off with a $5 sample on Friday night beginning at 5:30 p.m. Admission to the Festival is free. Hotel packages are $365 per night and includes breakfast, entry to the craft beer tasting, tickets to the Jekyll Island Club Hotel’s shrimp and grits tasting booth, a festival t-shirt and official poster, and of course, lots of shrimp and grits! Jekyll Island Club Hotel, 371 Riverview Dr., Jekyll Island. (912) 635-5155 or

September 16:
Yappy Luau/ Drool At The Pool! Bring your furry friend and join us from 7 p.m. for an evening full of fun at the Neptune Park Fun Zone Pool. 550 Beachview Dr., St. Simons Island. (912) 279-3720.

September 16:
Meet the Author and Book Signing! Voices Seldom Heard: Women, Blacks and Children of the Georgia Coast, 1850-1870 by Jean Choate, 1 p.m. Come to Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation and learn about the experiences of women, children and African-Americans during the period just prior to and just after the Civil War. Jean Choate, longtime Hofwyl-Broadfield volunteer and Professor Emeritus of history at College of Coastal Georgia has recently published a book on this segment of the population that has largely been forgotten by traditional history. Much of Choate’s work was based on research conducted in Hofwyl-Broadfield’s historical archive. The book may be purchased after the program and the author will be available for signing. Choate is a Professor Emeritus of history at College of Coastal Georgia. This is her fourth book and her first published by Saltmarsh Press of St. Simons Island. The event is free, though regular plantation admission is required for those who wish to tour the plantation. Regular admission applies for touring the site: $8 – Adults, $7 – Seniors (62+), $5 – Youth (6-17). Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation State Historic Site, 5556 US Highway 17N. Brunswick, Located at intersection of US17 and GA99, one mile east of I-95 exit 42. (912) 264-7333 for reservations or more information,

September 17:
Sounds by the Sea featuring Michael Hulett Captivating Vocals & Saxophone! Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic supper and a lawn chair or blanket to relax on. $10/adults; $5/students 6 to 12 and under 6 is free. Tickets available at the gate. 7-9 p.m. Neptune Park St. Simons Pier Village. (912) 262-6934 or

September 18-21:
Join Epworth By The Sea’s “Autumn Adventures 2017: Island Hopping Sapelo, Amelia and Cumberland Islands An Event for Older Adults.” Agenda is as follows: Tuesday, September 19: Spend a day on Sapelo Island, a National Estuarine Research Reserve and the 4th largest of Georgia’s chain of barrier islands. Tour the Gullah Geechee community of Hog Hammock, the island’s privately owned 434 acre community. The remaining land belongs to the state of Georgia. Most of the approximately 70 residents of Hog Hammock trace their Sapelo ancestry back to the early 19th century and are descendants of former slaves and tenant farmers. Visit the Old Sugar Mill and Lighthouse. Lunch will be served in the historic and beautiful Reynolds Mansion. Wednesday, September 20: Amelia Island: Museum of History will offer the “Golden Era of Amelia Island”guided walking tour of Fernandina Beach’s historic north end. You will be introduced to the players in Amelia Island’s unique history while learning how the island was affected by national and world events from 1782-1850. A brown bag lunch at the museum offers time to explore the museum’s home, the former county jail building. Travel from the Museum of History through Fernandina Beach’s historic shopping district to the dock to board our charter boat for the cruise to Cumberland Island. Your private charter tour is a blend of history and nature, including a trip up Beach Creek with a beautiful view of the salt marshes and bird life of Cumberland Island. It offers a close up view of the ruins of the 19th century Dungeness Mansion and takes you literally inside Cumberland Island. This peaceful cruise is 1 ½ hours. For more information, call (912) 638-8688 or

September 22:
Annual International Night Out! The annual International Night Out to benefit the International Seafarers’ Center will take place at the Morgan Center on Jekyll Island. Enjoy an evening with fabulous cuisine from around the world paired with international wines and beers. Desserts and crepes are not to be missed! Live music by Michael Hulett with Stan Walker and the Coastal Empire Orchestra. Win unique gifts from the incredible silent auction and, new this year, a live auction. Tickets are $100 per person with limited availability. 6-9 p.m. (912) 267-0631.

September 23-24:
Art Under the Oaks! Browse handmade arts and crafts – paintings, drawings, photography, jewelry, pottery, sculptures and more – all as you stroll underneath the majestic oak trees 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Postell Park in the St. Simons Island Pier Village.

September 28:
The Literary Guild of St. Simons Island’s “Coffee with the Author” series presents Johnathan Scott Barrett and Cook and Tell: Recipes and Stories from Southern Kitchens. The Savannah cook and writer charmed the audience with his first book, and he returns with his second book, which takes you on yet another delicious sojourn. His latest book is about a moveable feast across Dixie, showcasing the incredible food created in the homes of the South and the resulting heartwarming tales that accompany those dishes. Saint Simons Island Casino, Room 108. Free to Literary Guild members and $10 for guests. 10:30-11:30 a.m. Reservations recommended. (912) 289-7357 or coffee-with-johnathon-scott-barrett.

September 28:
Join us for our first annual open house at the Brunswick Station, 715 Bay St., Brunswick from 4-7 p.m! Enjoy local seafood and beverages while learning about Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant’s research, education and outreach efforts on the coast. Explore our native plant garden. Tour our 72-foot research vessel, the Georgia Bulldog. Interact with live animals, like horseshoe crabs, whelks and more. Learn about turtle excluder devices and sea turtle research on the coast. Visitors are invited to tour the station, meet our experts and enjoy hands-on, interactive activities for people of all ages. Free! or (912) 264-7268.

September 30:
Join us for Movie On The Green: The LEGO Movie. Arrive early to find your perfect spot on the Village Green, at the Jekyll Island Convention Center, 75 North Beachview Dr., and take part in pre-movie festivities. This event is free and open to all, but we encourage you to bring your own blankets and lawn chairs. Various snack and dinner options will be available for purchase at several of our Beach Village vendors.

September 30:
Redfern Goes Gold! Join Team Alexa and CURE at Gnat’s Landing in Redfern Village at 6-10 p.m. for dinner and family fun to promote Childhood Cancer Awareness. There will be live music, food and drinks, a raffle, bounce house, and face painting. For more information please contact


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