May 2019 Stsimonsisland.com Calendar

OnGoing:
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.

OnGoing:
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.

OnGoing:
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.

OnGoing:
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.

OnGoing:
Art Classes. All ages and levels. Various times and prices. 1413 Newcastle St. (912) 262-0628 or artdowntown.net.

OnGoing:
Art Classes. Oils, acrylics, pottery. Weekly. 404 Northway, Darien. (912) 437-7711 or mcintoshartassociation.com.

OnGoing:
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.

OnGoing:
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.

OnGoing:
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.

OnGoing:
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.

Ongoing:
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.

Third Wednesdays:
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.

Thursdays:
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.

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 brunswickgeorgia.net.

Saturdays:
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.

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!

May 1-31:
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.

May 1-31:
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.

May 1:
The Literary Guild of St. Simons Island “Island Film Series” presents Leave No Trace. USA, 2018, directed by Debra Granik. Will (Ben Foster) and his teenage daughter, Tom (Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie), have lived off the grid for years in the forests of Portland, Oregon. When their idyllic life is shattered, both are put into social services. After clashing with their new surroundings, Will and Tom set off on a harrowing journey back to their wild homeland. 109 minutes, Rated PG13. 7–8:45 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.

May 3-19:
The Island Players presents Lewis Black’s One Slight Hitch! Directed by Pam Taylor. It’s Courtney’s wedding day, and her mom, Delia, is making sure that everything is perfect. The groom, although somewhat stuffy, is perfect; the dress is perfect; and the decorations (assuming they arrive) will be perfect. Then, as in any good comedy, the doorbell rings and everything changes. Enter a former, free-wheeling boyfriend and hysterical chaos reigns. But… all’s well that ends well, and a sweet, unexpected solution to wedding wildness closes the show. Playing: May 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18, 7:30 p.m. Sunday Matinees: 5, 12, 19, 3 p.m. 530 Beachview Dr. (912) 638-0338 or https://www.theislandplayers.com.

May 3:
30th Annual Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Georgia Golf Tournament! Support our 9 Clubs in Glynn County by playing in this fun event! Jekyll Island Golf Club, 322 Captain Wylly Rd. Date-Time Information: 10 a.m. Breakfast and Cocktails, Gnat’s Landing, 310 Redfern Village. 11 a.m. Bus leaves Gnat’s for Jekyll Island. 11:30 a.m. Registration, 12:30 p.m. Shotgun Start. 5 p.m.-until Awards and After Party. Fees-Admission, $100 per player or $400 per Foursome. Brooke Parmelee or http://www.bgcsega.com.

May 5:
Rhythm on the River – Free Spirits Orchestra! 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.

May 11-12:
MOTHERS’ DAY WEEKEND Arts & Crafts Market at 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.

May 11:
Blessing of the Fleet! An annual tradition each Mother’s Day Sunday, this beautiful Old World processional through Historic Hanover Square was started by the Portuguese community in 1938 to commemorate the first appearance of The Blessed Virgin to three children near the town of Fatima, Portugal on May 13, 1917. Hand-carved Brazilian Oak statue, with a crown of gold and precious stones, identical to the statue in Fatima, is placed on a carved wooden shoulder carrier and decorated with flowers. Parishioners of St. Francis Xavier Church process singing through the park. This colorful Portuguese tradition, each Mother’s Day in historic downtown Brunswick, blesses the brightly decorated shrimp boats prior to the start of shrimping season each year. The 81st Annual Brunswick Blessing of the Fleet will take place at Mary Ross Park on Saturday, May 11 from 10:00AM to 7:00PM with the actual blessing being held at 2 p.m. This one-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. (912) 265-4032 or https://www.brunswickblessing.com/.

May 11:
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 20 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.

May 14:
The Literary Guild of St. Simons Island’s Meet the Author Series presents Nancy Blanton and “The Earl in Black Armor.” This is a relentless story of loyalty, honor and betrayal in the Stuart era prior to the great Irish Rebellion of 1641. Her books celebrate her love of history and her Irish and English heritage. 10:30 a.m.-noon at the Casino Building, SSI, Room 108, 550 Beachview Drive, St. Simons Island. Free for members and $10 for non-members. Please make a reservation by going to litguildssi.org/events.

May 18:
Stories of St. Simons Island: A program of digital stories focused on the African American cemeteries on St Simons Island and based on interviews conducted by Mercer University Students in collaboration with the St. Simons African American Heritage Coalition. Guest Speaker: Dr. Daina Ramey Berry, Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and the Oliver H. Radkey Regents Professor of History, University of Texas at Austin. Program starts at 4 p.m. at The Harrington School, 291 S. Harrington Rd, St. Simons Island. ssiheritagecoalition.org or (912) 634-0330.

May 18:
Moonrise Dining at ECHO at The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort, 101 Downing Street! 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.

May 19:
“A Little Light Music” with The Tams! The Tams have been entertaining and thrilling audiences for over 50 years! Known for such hits as “Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy,” the Tams have had four #1 songs at the national and international levels. Their style of music has been referred to as Beach Music, but it’s also a mixture of Smooth Soul, Motown and R&B. Their show is fun, fresh, exciting and appeals to audiences of all ages and musical tastes. Concert is from 7 -9 p.m., and tickets are $15 for adults; children under 12 are admitted free of charge. Tickets may be purchased in advance in the Museum Store located at the A.W. Jones Heritage Center, or at the gate the evening of the concert. St. Simons Lighthouse Museum, 610 Beachview Drive, St. Simons Island. (912) 634-7099 or coastalgeorgiahistory.org.

May 20-23:
Springtime By The Sea: Island Hopping! Explore Sapelo Island, learn about a Civil War soldier’s life on Amelia Island and cruise by Cumberland Island. Spend the day touring the Gullah Geechee community on Sapelo and have a home cooked buffet lunch at a resident’s home in Hog Hammock. A costumed garrison guide will give a private tour of Fort Clinch State Park on Amelia Island and share its strategic importance during the Civil War. Board a private charter for a peaceful cruise up Beach Creek for a close up look of the natural habitat of Cumberland Island National Seashore. Epworth by the Sea, 100 Arthur J. Moore Dr. (912) 638-8688 or epworthbythesea.org.

May 23:
Pink Flamingo Paint Party! While you might not want pink flamingos in your yard, (not that there’s anything wrong with that) they always look great on a wall! You do not have to be an artist to be a part of this fun and creative night out! All you have to do is show up and paint and play! Our local Artist will provide simple step-by-step instructions and you will leave with your own version of her original painting. Join us in our warehouse space! Get Your Muse On! Art Gallery and Studio, 221 Business Center Dr.(Take first left after Bailey Boys). 6-8 p.m. $35 per person and we provide all art supplies. You are welcome to bring your own wine and snacks with you. Limited spaces available and they fill up fast. Please arrive 10-15 minutes early to get settled and choose your seat. All art supplies are included. We do not provide aprons so please dress comfortably or bring an apron with you. (912) 268-0445 or getyourmuseon.com.

May 25-26:
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 and more! All shows are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Free admission and parking. Postell Park, 532 Beachview Dr., St. Simons Island. stsimonsantiques.com.

May 25:
Movie on the Green presents “Ralph Breaks the Internet!” Movie starts at 8:30 p.m., but arrive early to find your perfect spot on the Village Green and take part in pre-movie festivities. Please be mindful as showtimes vary throughout the year. 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 shops. (912) 635-3636 or jekyllisland.com.

May 26:
The World Famous Disc-Connected K-9’s Frisbee Dog Team, Inc. is a professional touring team comprised of some of the best Frisbee Dogs on the Planet. We are pleased to bring this high flying, exciting form of entertainment to Beach Village on the Village Green, Jekyll Island. Performances take place from 10-10:30 a.m., 1-1:30 p.m. and 4-4:30 p.m.  Event is free. (912) 635-3636 or jekyllisland.com.

May 26:
Sounds of the Sea! Motown and More with the Sam Rodriguez Band will have concert-goers dancing on the lawn of beautiful Neptune Park with their infectious Motown and Soul era music with a repertoire that includes hits from Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong, Otis Redding, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations and more! Sounds by the Sea is presented by Golden Isles Arts and Humanities at Neptune Park, 110 Mallery Street on St. Simons Island directly behind the Casino building. The concerts take place from 7-9 p.m. and guests are encouraged to bring a picnic supper and a lawn chair or blanket to relax on. 7-9 p.m. (912) 262-6934 or goldenislesarts.org.

May 28:
The Literary Guild of St. Simons Island’s Meet the Author Series presents Mary Kay Andrews and Sunset Beach. Mary Kay is the bestselling author of over 24 novels and is a “New York Times” best-selling author. 10:30 a.m.-noon at the Casino Building, SSI, Room 108, 550 Beachview Drive, St. Simons Island. Free for members and $10 for non-members. Please make a reservation by going to litguildssi.org/events.

May 31:
TASTE OF GULLAH! Stand under the live oaks at the beautiful Historic Harrington School and sample mouthwatering authentic & modern Gullah cuisine from the Georgia Sea Islands. Enjoy an evening of live music, entertainment and tour the Historic Harrington School. $25 – Donation: All proceeds support the Historic Harrington School Cultural Center. 6-9 p.m. at the Historic Harrington School Cultural Center, 291 South Harrington Road, St. Simons. Buy Tickets Online: eventbrite.com and ssiheritagecoalition.org. Buy Tickets at the following locations: Historic Harrington School- 291 S. Harrington Rd, St. Simons Island / Family Treasures – 3411 Norwich Street, Brunswick / Innovations Insurance Solutions- 2914 Norwich Street, Brunswick. For more information, contact the St. Simons African American Heritage Coalition at 912-634-0330 or e[email protected].

Featured Event

St. Simons Island named #2 of The South’s Best Islands 2017 by Southern Living

Each year Southern Living releases several lists boasting “The South’s Best,” including everything from accommodations to bookstores, breakfast spots, BBQ joints, beaches and so much more. In their 2017 accolades, St. Simons Island landed the #2 spot in The South’s Best Islands! Who stole first place from the Golden Isles? North Carolina’s barrier islands, the […]

Featured Event

Why Winter is the Perfect Time to Visit St. Simons Island

Winter is an ideal time to check out St. Simons Island, Georgia, a stunning barrier isle that welcomes visitors throughout the year. Here are four reasons to visit this crown jewel of the Golden Isles this season: Mild temperatures on the beach Coastal Georgia usually averages temperatures in the mid-60s during the winter months. And […]

Exploring Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation

Until the Civil War, coastal Georgia and South Carolina thrived as the country’s premiere rice growing region. Many of the South’s great rice plantations were destroyed during the Civil War, but a few still stand today. Located between Darien and Brunswick, Georgia, Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation offers a fascinating window into the Lowcountry’s 19th-century rice culture. Situated […]

What is Georgia’s State Seashell?

Knobbed Whelk (Busycon carica)! Christened the state seashell in 1987, the knobbed whelk is a whorled shell, eight inches long at maturity, displaying heavy spines, many knobs, and an orange or red mouth. Minerals in Georgia coastal waters cause ocher striations on the sand-colored, semi-gloss surface. This marine snail shell is found all along Georgia’s […]