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 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. Island Treasures are always hidden in plain view, in public spaces. Beach Buddies will never place a treasure in the dunes, marshes, animal habitats or private property. And, each weekend, Beach Buddies will double the number of globes hidden around the island. 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.
New Year’s Eve Celebration: Ghosts and Legends of Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation! Join us for a special New Year’s Eve version of “Ghosts and Legends of Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation”. Celebrate the New Year with an eerie journey back in time at Coastal Georgia’s most 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. At the stroke of midnight, welcome 2020 by ringing the historic plantation bell and having a sip of sparkling cider. 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. The event is part of the nationwide “First Day Hike” initiative. Gates will open at 9:30 p.m. Program begins promptly at 10 p.m. and will end at 12:30 a.m. Dress appropriately for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes. Walk will be about 1 mile on flat ground. Reservations are required to attend. 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. $15. Call 912-264-7333 for reservations or more information, also you may visit www.GeorgiaStateParks.org/hofwyl.
Jekyll Island 44th Annual Bluegrass Festival! RHONDA VINCENT & The Rage, THE MALPASS BROTHERS, DOYLE LAWSON & Quicksilver, Russell Moore & IIIRD TYME OUT, THE GIBSON BOTHERS, MC SHERRY BOYD and more! The 44th Annual Bluegrass Festival features award winning bluegrass and the excellence shaped and molded over 4 plus decades. The shows are held in the comfort of the beautiful Convention Center off the coast of a breath taking view of the Atlantic Ocean. If you have never been there, please consider experiencing it with us. Jekyll Island Convention Center, 75 North Beachview Dr., Jekyll Island. Noon to 10 p.m. Don’t wait, make reservations today! (386) 385-3500 or www.adamsbluegrass.com.
Families In Nature New Year’s Hike! Make this year’s New Year’s resolution to spend more time in nature with your family! Families of all ages are invited to join us as we leave the hustle and bustle of the holidays behind and get our blood pumping to start the new year out on the right step. We’ll explore the trails and learn about the maritime forest, its importance to the island, and the critters that call it home. This is a time to enjoy the beauty of our coast in winter as we begin a new year together. Cannon’s Point Preserve, Cannon Point Rd., St. Simons Island. 1:30 to 3 p.m. Advance reservations are required! Please reserve your spot at bit.ly/38jww8E.
January 3-5, 10-12, 17-19:
The Island Players presents Drop Dead! An odd-ball cast of has-been actors try to revive their careers in Drop Dead!, a potboiler murder mystery under the direction of the “Wonder Child of Broadway”, Victor Le Pewe. At the dress rehearsal, the set falls, props break, and a murder occurs. But the show must go on! During the opening night performance, the murders continue. The remaining thespians must save the show and their careers, solve the mystery, and stay alive for curtain call. Directed by Gregory Santoro. Friday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday matinee, 3 p.m. 530 Beachview Drive, St. Simons Island. (912) 638-0338 or theislandplayers.com/.
Polar Plunge! How brave are you? Take a dip in the icy waters of the Neptune Park Fun Zone Pool to find out. This free event has been a favorite for thrill seekers for the past 5 years. Gates will open at 11:30 a.m., and the plunge is at 12 noon. There will be hot chocolate to warm you up after your chilly dip. Neptune Park Fun Zone, 550 Beachview Dr., St. Simons Island.
Stan & Ollie (Rated PG). Stan and Ollie. UK, 2018, directed by Jon S. Baird. Laurel and Hardy, the world’s most famous comedy duo, attempt to reignite their film careers as they embark on what becomes their swan song – a grueling theatre tour of post-war Britain. 100 minutes; Rated PG. NO TICKETS REQUIRED. 7-9 p.m. St. Simons Casino Theatre, 530 Beachview Dr., St Simons Island.
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/.
Meet the Author Claire Cook! The Literary Guild of St. Simons Island Meet the Author Series presents Never Too Late: New Year Reinvention Workshop with Claire Cook. Join reinvention expert, Claire, as she shares what she has learned on her journey that might help you on your own. She is the author of Must Love Dogs and has been featured on the Today Show. 10 a.m., to noon. Books will be sold by GJFord Bookshop. 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.
Literary Guild Film Series The Wanderer! The Literary Guild of St. Simons Island Film Series presents The Wanderer: A Film Presentation with Tyler Bagwell. In 1858, luxury yacht “Wanderer” transported captives from the Congo River to Jekyll Island. Before the journey, a Savannah slave owner covertly purchased the yacht to transport enslaved Africans to Georgia. “Viewers will learn about an important Coastal Georgia event and how it shaped our community,” says Bagwell. ”Today, descendants of Wanderer captives reside on St. Simons Island, Brunswick and Darien.” 7 p.m. Free, but a $3 donation is requested to help defray costs. St. Simons Casino Theater, 530 Beachview Dr., St Simons Island. litguildssi.org/events.
Annual St Simons Land Trust Oyster Roast from 5 to 8 p.m. at Gascoigne Bluff. Enjoy Food and Drinks from more than 50 local restaurants and vendors.
Music by Michael Hulett. All Proceeds from the Oyster Roast help to manage and maintain the more than 1,000 acres in our trust and help to fulfill our Mission of preserving and protecting the natural and scenic character of St. Simons for present and future generations. Tickets on Sale Now! Non-Member Price — $85 per person. Member Price — $60 per person.* *Restrictions apply: ONLY for current and new members; not to exceed 4 tickets per household. If you are unsure of your membership status, please call 912.638.9109 or email email@example.com. Note: Heavy rain or severe weather conditions will cancel the event. (Light or scattered showers will not dampen the spirits of our volunteers and vendors, and the event will remain a “go!”) (912) 638-9109 or http://www.sslt.org/.
A Taste of Glynn! For 20 delicious years, A Taste of Glynn has brought together the Golden Isles’ most talented chefs and caterers to showcase their talents at the historic King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort. Add to the evening’s enjoyment with a much-anticipated Silent Auction offering a coveted assortment of finds from vacations to jewelry, original works of art to gourmet delicacies. A Taste of Glynn is more than a treasured local tradition. While the food is sublime and the oceanfront setting is legendary, the most unforgettable offering of the evening is hope. The event is the primary fundraiser for the Glynn Community Crisis Center/Amity House, which serves victims of domestic violence and their children. While you enjoy the finest food in the region, in the company of family and friends, you also help provide vital programs and shelter for those who are building a new life free from abuse and fear. 5-8 p.m. King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort, 201 Arnold Rd. (912) 264-1348 or http://www.atasteofglynn.com/.
Jekyll Island Marathon and 10K! Considered the “Jewel” of Georgia, Jekyll Island is the ideal location to host the JIM. The JIM course will showcase the natural beauty of the island and take runners past historic landmarks. Runners will pass under the canopies of the majestic live oaks, past the beauty of the salt marshes, and wide open beaches. The course will also transport runners to an earlier time when they pass through the Jekyll Island Club National Historic Landmark. This landmark is one of the largest ongoing restoration projects in the southeastern United States and attracts visitors from around the world. Whether you’re a seasoned marathoner or this will be your first you won’t want to miss the opportunity to run the JIM! Marathon (26.2 miles), Half Marathon (13.1) & 10K. For more information, jekyllislandmarathon.com/?fbclid=IwAR1fXIytNg6YTZNZ-dfYKfYQjsJqG7oPdHi8_EcEz4_zwtWdaX_s44aCov4.
Woman at War (Not Rated), 7-9 p.m. Iceland, 2018, directed by Benedikt Erlingsson. Halla, a woman in her forties, declares war on the local aluminum industry to prevent it from disfiguring her country. She risks all she has to protect the highlands of Iceland—but the situation could change with the unexpected arrival of a small orphan in her life. 100 minutes; Not Rated; in Icelandic with English subtitles. NO TICKETS REQUIRED. St. Simons Casino Theatre, 530 Beachview Dr., St Simons Island.
Get ready for the annual Brunswick Rockin’ Stewbilee 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 a 9 a.m., Motor Cycle Ride, 10 a.m., Live Music – Pier Pressure, 10:15 a.m., Pooch Parade, 12:15 p.m., Live Music – 3 Day Weekend, 11 a.m.-2: p.m., Brunswick Rockin’ Stew Tasting. Pre-Sale Tickets are available at the following locations: Troy University, Chamber of Commerce, Southeast Georgia Health System, Ritz Theatre, Brunswick News, St. Simons Boys & Girls Club, Elizabeth F. Correll Teen Center, Golden Isles Convention & Visitors Bureau, Ameris Bank (Jekyll Island, St. Simons Island, and Brunswick Community Road locations) – Presale tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children. Day of event ticket prices are $10 adults and $5 children. Bay & Gloucester St. stewbilee.com.
Epworth by the Sea Winter Conference! Keynote Speaker: LEN WILSON, Creative Director at St. Andrew UMC, a large church in Plano, TX. He is a storyteller and expert strategist in communications and creativity in church life. After General Conference 2019, each church will need a clear, concise, creative and compelling message and brand to effectively communicate who they are and where they stand. Len will lead us through a comprehensive process to develop and implement your own strategy, while improving all phases of communication and creativity in your ministry. He will also share his insights on church growth as the compiler of the list of the “Top 25 Fastest Growing Large United Methodist Churches”. Len is author of the book Think Like A Five Year Old. We recommend registering early as we believe demand will be high. Further information about faculty, preachers and curriculum will be announced shortly. View Rates and Register Now! Call (912) 638-8688 for More information or epworthbythesea.org.