St. Simons Island's Calendar
of Events for February, 2020

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Featured Calendar Events

Second Sunday at Gascoigne Bluff!

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! 1000 Arthur J. Moore Dr. (912) 279-2836.

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Georgia Beach Walk Nature Tours!

OnGoing: The Georgia coast is a living, breathing ecosystem, composed of barrier islands, river systems, and acres of marshlands. It is a breeding ground for fish, shellfish, shore birds, sea turtles and marine mammals. Take a Georgia Beach Walk Nature Tour, and you can 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. This tour is for all ages. Call Georgia Beach Walk Nature Tours for times and reservations at (912) 266-2473.

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Coastal Georgia Historical Society!

OnGoing: Coastal Georgia Historical Society Museums, Galleries, Exhibits, The St. Simons Lighthouse Museum is open Mon. through Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Sun., 1:30 p.m.-5 p.m. Last climb is at 4:30 p.m. $12 for Adults, $5 for Ages 6-12. No admission charge for CGHS members and children under 6. (912) 638-4666 or coastalgeorgiahistory.org.

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RBC Heritage Golf Tournament

April 13–19, 2020: The 52nd RBC HERITAGE presented by Boeing will take place at the Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island, SC from April 13-19, 2020. Make plans now to “Get Your Plaid On!” The Champion of the 51st RBC Heritage presented by Boeing was CT Pan. TICKETS or (843) 671-2448 or rbcheritage.com.

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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.

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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.

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. (912) 264-7333 for more information.

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Visual Art Classes for all Ages! Ranging from drawing to pottery to painting, led by a variety of artists. Price and time varies. 529 Beachview Dr. (912) 638-8770 or glynnart.org.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

Tuesdays:
Latin and Ballroom Group Dance Classes! Swing, salsa, cha-cha, waltz, rumba, foxtrot and more. Times and locations vary. $3-7 per class. Golden Isles Dancers, (912) 634-8219 or ssidancer@gmail.com or dancegoldenisles.com.

Third Tuesdays:
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.

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.

Thursdays:
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.

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 glynnart.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!

February 1-29:
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.

February 1:
Take an eerie journey back in time at Coastal Georgia’s most haunted rice plantation. Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation State Historic Site will be offering Ghosts and Legends walking tours of the haunted rice plantation. We will walk beneath centuries old Live Oak trees, explore the plantation out-buildings and finish with a lantern tour of the plantation house. As we stroll through Hofwyl-Broadfield’s moss laden trees hear the stories of five generations of plantation owners and the African-Americans who worked here, in both slavery and freedom. There will be tales of recent ghostly encounters, plantation folklore and the rich but tragic history of the Lowcountry rice fields. 6 p.m. $15 per person. Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation State Historic Site, 5556 US Highway 17N, (Located at intersection of US17 and GA99, one mile east of I-95 exit 42.) Brunswick. Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation is owned and operated by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Call (912) 264-7333 for more information, also you may visit https://gastateparks.org/HofwylBroadfieldPlantation.

February 4:
Island Concert Association Presents Konstantin Soukhovetski, pianist. He has gained experience and finesse since his last concert for us in 2009. 7:30-9:30 p.m. St. Simons Presbyterian Church, 205 Kings Way. (912) 638-2220 or islandconcertassociation.org.

February 7:
Whale Rider (Rated PG 13), 7-9 p.m. New Zealand, 2003, directed by Niki Caro. A small Maori village faces a crisis when the heir to the leadership dies at birth and is survived only by his twin sister, Pai. Although disregarded by her grandfather and shunned by the village people, , 12 year old Pai remains certain of her calling and finds the strength to challenge her family and embraces a thousand years of tradition in order to fulfill her destiny. 101 minutes; Rated PG 13. NO TICKETS REQUIRED. St. Simons Casino Theatre, 530 Beachview Dr., St Simons Island.

February 6-9:
Whiskey, Wine & Wildlife artfully combines renowned beverage tastings and inspired cuisine from some of the South’s best chefs and local culinary superstars, with a chance to experience coastal wildlife up-close, all in one weekend! The weekend’s events will raise funds and awareness for programs of the Jekyll Island Foundation, with the island’s research and education experts on-hand Friday and Saturday, showcasing some fun, interactive programs with coastal wildlife, from sea turtles to alligators! It’s a culinary weekend experience like no other. Expect to sip and savor great whiskey, spirits, wine, beer and culinary tastings – all oceanfront with music and a relaxed island vibe. Tickets are all-inclusive with beverage and culinary tastings for this boutique foodie event. Limited quantities advance discount tickets are still available online before January 31, 2020. Visit www.whiskeywineandwildlife.com for more information on events, W3 Weekend Getaway Packages and fun volunteer opportunities to get involved behind the scenes of the festival.

February 9:
Moon Rise at ECHO! ECHO, 101 Downing St., is consistently voted as “Best View From a Restaurant” in Elegant Island Living’s Annual “Best Of” issue so why not have a celebration watching the Moon rise over the Atlantic Ocean? Each month ECHO will feature unique cocktails along with a special menu highlighting a local vendor the night of the Full Moon. The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort, 201 Arnold Rd. (912) 638-3631 or kingandprince.com/.

February 11:
Island Concert Association Presents The Seraph Brass (2018 concert series). The members are all women and they are a powerful and entertaining group. 7:30-9:30 p.m. St. Simons Presbyterian Church, 205 Kings Way. (912) 638-2220 or islandconcertassociation.org.

February 14-16:
The 5th Annual St. Simons Island Storytelling Festival! Park your car! All storytelling sessions and your room and meals are in this one location… the strikingly beautiful campus of Epworth By The Sea, 100 Arthur J Moore Dr. Park your car! Captivating tours and historic sites. Kayaking; paddleboard; fishing; golf; beautiful bike trails…and the ocean. Come early or stay late and explore the unspoiled natural beauty that is the Golden Isles of Georgia. Featured Storytellers: Sheila Arnold, Andy Offutt Irwin, Anne Rutherford, Donald Davis, Bil Lepp – Emcee. (912) 638-8688 or epworthbythesea.org/st-simons-island-storytelling-festival.

February 15:
The Southeast Georgia Health System Foundation Bridge Run across the scenic Sidney Lanier Bridge in Brunswick, Georgia, has become a signature event for the Health System and the Golden Isles. Unique among bridge runs, the event takes place entirely on the 7,780-foot Sidney Lanier Bridge. At its center, the bridge measures 480 feet high above the Brunswick River, the tallest span in the state. Certified by the U.S. Track and Field Association as “the toughest 5K in Georgia,” each year participants start on the southbound side of the bridge, go over, and return back, crossing the bridge twice. The event is not for the timid, and should only be attempted by those who have properly trained. The Bridge Run also includes a fun walk after the race is over, followed by a family-friendly festival featuring community vendors, food and drink, entertainment and children’s activities. Proceeds benefit the Health System’s cancer care programs. 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. (800) 537-5142, ext., 2786 or the-bridge-run.org/.

February 15:
Take an eerie journey back in time at Coastal Georgia’s most haunted rice plantation. Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation State Historic Site will be offering Ghosts and Legends walking tours of the haunted rice plantation. We will walk beneath centuries old Live Oak trees, explore the plantation out-buildings and finish with a lantern tour of the plantation house. As we stroll through Hofwyl-Broadfield’s moss laden trees hear the stories of five generations of plantation owners and the African-Americans who worked here, in both slavery and freedom. There will be tales of recent ghostly encounters, plantation folklore and the rich but tragic history of the Lowcountry rice fields. 6 p.m. $15 per person. Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation State Historic Site, 5556 US Highway 17N, (Located at intersection of US17 and GA99, one mile east of I-95 exit 42.) Brunswick. Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation is owned and operated by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Call (912) 264-7333 for more information, also you may visit https://gastateparks.org/HofwylBroadfieldPlantation.

February 18:
Island Concert Association Presents Canadian violinist Claudia Schaer, a newcomer to the series with an impressive resume. 7:30-9:30 p.m. St. Simons Presbyterian Church, 205 Kings Way. (912) 638-2220 or islandconcertassociation.org.

February 18:
Meet the Author Dr. Jon Hershey discusses “In the Heart of the Sea”! “In the Heart of the Read: Disasters, Fish Stories, Outer Space, and the Manipulation of Truth.” Dr. Jon Hershey discusses how Herman Melville turned truth into great literature, and he wasn’t the only one. This presentation—part of The Big Read’s 2020 book, In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick—takes a look at some of the ways true stories have become fantastic fiction. 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon. Free to Guild members; $10 to non-members. Please make a reservation by going to litguildssi.org/events. PLEASE CANCEL IF UNABLE TO ATTEND. St. Simons Casino Building, 550 Beachview Dr., St. Simons Island.

February 19:
Best of Enemies (Rated PG 13), 7-9:30 p.m. USA, 2019, directed by Robin Bissell. A timely drama that centers on an unlikely relationship between Ann Atwater, an outspoken civil rights activist, and C.P. Ellis, a local Ku Klux Klan leader who reluctantly co-chaired a community summit, battling over the desegregation of schools in Durham, North Carolina during the racially-charged summer of 1971. Critics claim, “Taraji P. Henson and Sam Rockwell soar in this riveting true story.” 133 minutes; Rated PG 13. NO TICKETS REQUIRED. St. Simons Casino Theatre, 530 Beachview Dr., St Simons Island.

February 22:
Take an eerie journey back in time at Coastal Georgia’s most haunted rice plantation. Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation State Historic Site will be offering Ghosts and Legends walking tours of the haunted rice plantation. We will walk beneath centuries old Live Oak trees, explore the plantation out-buildings and finish with a lantern tour of the plantation house. As we stroll through Hofwyl-Broadfield’s moss laden trees hear the stories of five generations of plantation owners and the African-Americans who worked here, in both slavery and freedom. There will be tales of recent ghostly encounters, plantation folklore and the rich but tragic history of the Lowcountry rice fields. 6 p.m. $15 per person. Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation State Historic Site, 5556 US Highway 17N, (Located at intersection of US17 and GA99, one mile east of I-95 exit 42.) Brunswick. Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation is owned and operated by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Call (912) 264-7333 for more information, also you may visit https://gastateparks.org/HofwylBroadfieldPlantation.

February 25:
Island Concert Association Presents Bare Opera director Laetitia Ruccolo, returning and bringing Suchan Kim, Baritone and Liana Guberman, Mezzo Soprano, to join with her in presenting opera scenes. Rhonda Hambright will be participating as well. 7:30-9:30 p.m. St. Simons Presbyterian Church, 205 Kings Way. (912) 638-2220 or islandconcertassociation.org.

February 29:
Take an eerie journey back in time at Coastal Georgia’s most haunted rice plantation. Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation State Historic Site will be offering Ghosts and Legends walking tours of the haunted rice plantation. We will walk beneath centuries old Live Oak trees, explore the plantation out-buildings and finish with a lantern tour of the plantation house. As we stroll through Hofwyl-Broadfield’s moss laden trees hear the stories of five generations of plantation owners and the African-Americans who worked here, in both slavery and freedom. There will be tales of recent ghostly encounters, plantation folklore and the rich but tragic history of the Lowcountry rice fields. 6 p.m. $15 per person. Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation State Historic Site, 5556 US Highway 17N, (Located at intersection of US17 and GA99, one mile east of I-95 exit 42.) Brunswick. Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation is owned and operated by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. Call (912) 264-7333 for more information, also you may visit https://gastateparks.org/HofwylBroadfieldPlantation.

 

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Every Day Is Reason to “Shell-e-brate” at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island!

Through sea turtle rehabilitation, research and education programs, the Georgia Sea Turtle Center will increase awareness of habitat and wildlife conservation challenges, promote responsibility for ecosystem health and empower individuals to act locally, regionally, and globally to protect the environment. HOURS OF OPERATION: Monday – Sunday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Holidays Thanksgiving Day: CLOSED […]

Island Treasures!

The Jekyll Island Authority (JIA) hosts “Island Treasures on Jekyll Island,” a unique treasure hunting experience on Georgia’s most popular public beach. The treasures are hand-crafted glass floats, called Island Treasures. The glass floats have been sought after by Jekyll Island guests since 2002. Each is unique and stamped with the year to be a […]

History of the St. Simons Lighthouse

The First Lighthouse (1810) On October 17, 1804, John Couper, a plantation owner on St. Simons Island, deeded four acres of his land, known as “Couper’s Point,” at the south end of the island for one dollar to the Federal government for the construction of a lighthouse. James Gould of Massachusetts was hired in 1807 […]

 

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