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. $12 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. 5556 US HWY 17N, Brunswick, GA 31525. (912) 264-7333 for more information.
Visual Art Classes for all Ages! Ranging from drawing to pottery to painting to photography, led by a variety of artists. Price and time varies. 529 Beachview Dr. (912) 638-8770 or glynnvisualarts.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.
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.
Latin and Ballroom Group Dance Classes! Swing, salsa, cha-cha, waltz, rumba, foxtrot and more. Times and locations vary. Golden Isles Dancers, (912) 634-8219 or [email protected] or dancegoldenisles.com.
Tuesdays & Fridays:
Brunswick Farmer’s Market at Mary Ross Waterfront Park, 1530 Newcastle St. 8 a.m.-dark. (912) 262-6665 or brunswickfarmersmarket.com.
Eco-Lecture Series! 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. 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.
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 glynnvisualarts.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!
The Neptune Park Fun Zone is the place to putt, plunge and play on St. Simons Island. The whole family will enjoy an 18-hole miniature golf course. Open year round, the golf course offers fun for groups of any size ($7 per round, discounts available for large groups). Cool off this summer at the Neptune Park Fun Zone pool ($7/day, open during spring & summer seasons). There is something for everyone, including a wading pool and water gym for the kids, lap lanes, and zero-entry access. All areas are constantly monitored by American Red Cross-certified lifeguards. Since a day at the pool works up an appetite, enjoy refreshments from our on-site concession stand while lounging poolside under an umbrella. Kids will love our state-of-the-art playground with swings, slides and much more. There are benches alongside for parents to watch the fun. There is no admission fee for the playground. 550 Beachview Dr. (912) 279-2836 or Neptune Park Fun Zone.
Summer Waves Water Park located on Jekyll Island, 210 South Riverview Dr., with 11 acres of splashing summertime fun for the whole family! Nine exciting attractions including six water slides, wave pool, lazy river, splash zone and kiddie area. The rides and attractions at Summer Waves are super cool! Plan your fun filled day with relaxing laps around Turtle Creek, riding the waves of the Frantic Atlantic, or high speed thrills down Pirate’s Passage. Anything you choose to do will be a splashtacular good time! (912) 635-2074 or Summer Waves Water Park.
Golden Isles Arts & Humanities Presents Taylor 2! Established in 1993, this six-member company brings Paul Taylor’s dances with all the artistry of the world renowned choreographer representing the wide range of athleticism, humor and emotion found in his work. An exceptional array of quality entertainment can be experienced this season as Golden Isles Arts & Humanities continues its tradition of offering the best music, theatre and film during the 2017-18 season at the Historic Ritz Theatre. TAYLOR 2 brings renowned choreographer Paul Taylor’s dances to the stage, Jason Petty and Katie Deal star as country music’s most notable performers in Classic Nashville Roadshow, and step back in time with the excitement of YESTERDAY, A Tribute to the Beatles. Our popular Ritz Radio Theatre returns with not one but two great holiday shows, and get ready to celebrate all things Shakespeare with this year’s Big Read. And Cinema Gourmet is back to tempt you with food, insight and a great film. 7:30 p.m. Historic Ritz Theatre, 1530 Newcastle St. (912) 262-6934 or app.arts-people.com/.
Join the Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Georgia for their 30th Annual Golf Tournament from 10 a.m.-9 p.m at Jekyll Island Golf Club, 322 Captain Wylly Rd. The day begins with breakfast, Bloody Marys and mimosas at Gnat’s Landing at 10 a.m., with a bus departing for Jekyll Island at 11 a.m. Registration opens at 11:30 a.m. at the Jekyll Island Golf Club and the shotgun start is at 12:30 p.m. Spouses and family are welcome to join the golfers at Gnat’s Landing at 5 p.m. for the After Party. Registration is $100 per person/$400 per team and includes tournament fees, shared cart fee, breakfast, lunch, range balls, after-party at Gnat’s Landing. For more information, go to the Facebook page.
The Island Players Present Plaza Suite! The Island Players Present Plaza Suite by Neil Simon and directed by Bob Boles. May 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 7:30 p.m. Matinees: May 6, 13, 20, 3 p.m. Casino Theatre, 530 Beachview. (912) 638-0338 or theislandplayers.com.
Frederica Academy Derby Day! “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports” is the focus of Frederica Academy’s signature fundraiser, but it’s certainly not all there is to this fantastic night of fun! Place your bets, enjoy delicious Southern fare, plentiful libations, live music by Jaime Renee & the Walkers & more! There will be an entertaining live auction and a silent auction featuring unique travel packages and adventures, a vast array of art, jewelry, accessories, collectibles, gift baskets, and other coveted items. Be sure to buy your raffle tickets for the change to win a brand new Jeep Wrangler! And, ladies, don’t forget to don your most creative chapeau because the Hat Parade competition is fierce! Sea Island Golf Club, 100 Retreat Rd. 5-9 p.m. For tickets and additional information, fredericaacademy.org.
Rhythm on the River – Complicated Pants! Come on out to the Rhythm on the River event from 6-8 p.m. at Mary Ross Waterfront Park, Bay & Gloucester Streets. Bring the kids, chairs or blanket, a picnic and your favorite beverage. Admission, FREE! (912) 265-4032 or http://discoverbrunswick.com/events/rhythm-on-the-river.html
15th Annual Turtle Crawl Triathlon and Nest Fest! The event takes place along Beachfront Park near the Jekyll Island Convention Center. After swimming, biking, and running along Jekyll Island’s scenic beaches, roadways, and paved bike paths, there will be crafts and educational activities, provided by the Georgia Sea Turtle Center. The Turtle Crawl and Nest Fest is for turtle enthusiasts of all ages! Events culminate with the release of a rehabilitated sea turtle from the Georgia Sea Turtle Center! Events benefit the Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island, 214 Stable Rd. Nest Fest activities and sea turtle release are FREE to the public. Help us continue our mission of conservation through sea turtle rehabilitation, research, and education! (912) 635-3636 or https://www.jekyllisland.com/signatureevents/turtle-crawl-weekend/.
80th Annual Blessing of the Fleet! The Annual Brunswick Blessing of the Fleet will take place at Mary Ross Park on Friday, May 11 from 4-8 p.m. Saturday, May 12 from 10 a.m.-7 p.m., with the actual blessing being held on Saturday, May 12 at 2 p.m. This two-day celebration is one of the best that Coastal Georgia has to offer with fresh seafood, local culture, boating, water sports, the shrimping industry, arts, crafts and variety of leisure activities. The festival will feature fun and games for the kids, fabulous food, music, great family entertainment, and a variety of artists and displays. All events are free! (912) 265-4032 or brunswickblessing.com.
Southern Grown Concert, featuring Yonder Mountain String Band takes place at 7 p.m. on Rainbow Island, 10 Sea Island Rd. St. Simons Island. Bending bluegrass, rock and countless other influences that the band cites, YonderMountain String Band has pioneered a sound of their own. For nearly 19 years, Yonder Mountain String Band has redefined bluegrass music, expanding the traditional acoustic genre beyond its previously established boundaries by steadily pushing the envelope into the realms of rock n’ roll and improvisation. Their new album, LOVE. AIN’T LOVE is a testament to Yonder Mountain String Band’s organic, dynamic, and intensely personal brand of contemporary bluegrass-fueled Americana. For tickets or more information, go to southerngrown.com.
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. For more information, (912) 634-3994 or southerngrown.com.
May 12 & 13:
Mother’s Day Weekend Arts & Craft Market! Mother’s Day Weekend Art & Craft Show Postell Market/Postell Park Pier Village, St. Simons Island. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both on Saturday and Sunday Showcasing all of your favorite local and regional artists’ photography, painting, pottery, jewelry, garden art, wood craft and more! (912) 230-1042 or soglogallery.com.
Island Players Young People’s Summer Workshop Auditions for Disney The Lion King Jr. May 19, 9 a.m.-noon and 2-4 p.m. May 20, at 6-8 p.m. The Island Players – Casino Theatre, 530 Beachview Dr. (912) 638-0338.
Springtime By The Sea, Senior Adult Vacation Bible School will hold “Teach Me Simple Things” at Epworth By The Sea Christian Conference and Retreat Center. Featuring storyteller, humorist, musician and folk theologian Ed Kilbourne. Senior Adult Vacation Bible School is not your children’s VBS. Senior Adult VBS is an event for those whose life experiences have led them to seek new and refreshing approaches to living and learning. Come to Epworth for programs and activities that will open the eyes of your heart. Join Ed Kilbourne as he uses his unique gifts to explore the stories of the Gospel and the teachings of Christ. (912) 638-8688 or epworthbythesea.org.
The Literary Guild of St. Simons Island “Coffee with the Author” series presents Charles Martin. Always a crowd pleaser, Charles has written over 12 top selling novels including The Mountain Between Us, which was turned into a major Hollywood film in 2017 starring Kate Winslet and Idris Elba. He visits the Guild to talk about his latest book, Send Down the Rain, the story of a 62 year old Vietnam vet who’s been keeping a secret for 45 years but something beyond his control brings him out of hiding and forces him to wrestle with whether or not to tell the secret. Problem is, if he tells it, somebody dies. If he doesn’t tell it, somebody dies.G. J. Ford Bookshop will be selling copies of Mr. Martin’s book at the event, and we encourage you to purchase your book at the coffee so you can have it signed by the author. Our local independent book store makes many of our author appearances possible. Too many books? Why not purchase one, read it, then donate it to our book sale or the library? 10:30 a.m.-12 noon. The event will take place at the St. Simons Island Casino, 550 Beachview Dr., Room 108 and is free for Literary Guild members; $10 for nonmembers. litguildssi.org.
The Literary Guild of St. Simons Island “Island Film Series” presents Goodbye Christopher Robin. A rare glimpse into the relationship between beloved children’s author A. A. Milne and his son Christopher Robin, whose toys inspired the magical world of Winnie the Pooh. Christopher Robin and his family are swept up in the international success of the books; the enchanting tales bringing hope and comfort to England after the First World War. But with the eyes of the world on Christopher Robin, what will the cost be to the family? 107 minutes, Rated PG. 7–9:30 p.m. St. Simons Casino Theater, 550 Beachview Dr. Films are free and open to all, although a $3 donation is suggested to offset film and theater costs. You can donate online now and print a ticket or can donate at the door. No ticket is required. litguildssi.org/island-film-series-1.
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 Drive off Mallery Street, St. Simons Island. In the historic Pier Village area. Close to restaurants, hotels, shopping, and beautiful St. Simons Island Beaches. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Free Admission and parking! (912) 267-7822 or stsimonsantiques.com.
Moonrise Dining at ECHO at The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort, 201 Arnold Rd! Make plans to appreciate Mother Nature’s beauty with drink and dining specials at ECHO – St. Simons’ only oceanfront restaurant. Each month, we will showcase a variety of local farmers and purveyors while the moon rises over the horizon and glistens on the ocean. (912) 268-5967 or www.echostsimons.com.
The Literary Guild of St. Simons Island “Coffee with the Author” series presents Christopher Swann. Christopher Swann and Shadow of the Lions. A graduate of Woodberry Forest School in Virginia, Christopher earned a B.A. in English from Washington and Lee University, a M.A. in English and creative writing from the University of Missouri, and a Ph.D. in creative writing from Georgia State University. He has won awards and recognition from GSU, Washington and Lee University, and the Heekin Group Foundation’s Tara Fellowship for Short Fiction. He lives with his wife and two sons in Atlanta, where he is the English department chair at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School. Shadow of the Lions is his debut novel. Too many books? Why not purchase one, read it, then donate it to our book sale or the library? 10:30 a.m.-12 noon. The event will take place at the St. Simons Island Casino, 550 Beachview Dr., Room 108 and is free for Literary Guild members; $10 for nonmembers. litguildssi.org.