St. Simons Island's Calendar
of Events for March, 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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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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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. (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 ssidancer@gmail.com or dancegoldenisles.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!

March 2:
Meet the Author Melissa Cooper! Dr. Melissa Cooper and Making Gullah: A History of Sapelo Islanders, Race, and the American Imagination. The Rutger’s historian and author discusses her book, an intellectual and cultural history that examines the emergence of “the Gullah” in scholarly and popular works during the 1920s and the 1930s. Using Sapelo Island as a case study, Cooper’s manuscript explores the forces that inspired interest in black southerners’ African heritage during the period and also looks at the late twentieth, and twenty-first-century legacies of the works that first made Sapelo Islanders famous. G. J. Ford Bookshop will be selling copies of the book at the event, and we encourage you to purchase your book and have it signed by the author. Our local independent bookstore makes many of our author appearances possible. Too many books? Why not purchase one, read it and then donate it for our annual book sale or the library? 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.

March 4:
Meet the Author In the Casino Theater. Steve Berry and The Warsaw Protocol: A Novel (Cotton Malone Book 15). Always a crowd-pleaser, the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of fifteen Cotton Malone novels, four stand-alone, and several works of short fiction, Steve has 25 million books in print, translated into 40 languages. He visits the Guild to talk about his latest book, due out in February 2020. In The Warsaw Protocol Cotton witnesses the theft of one the seven precious relics of the Arma Christi, the weapons of Christ, which are disappearing from sanctuaries across the world. He learns from his old boss that a private auction is about to be held where incriminating information on the president of Poland will be offered to the highest bidder—blackmail that both the United States and Russia want, but for vastly different reasons. G. J. Ford Bookshop will be selling copies of the book at the event, and we encourage you to purchase your book and have it signed by the author. Our local independent bookstore makes many of our author appearances possible. Too many books? Why not purchase one, read it and then donate it for our annual book sale or the library? 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.

March 6-8, 13-15, 20-22:
The Island Players presents Two on the Aisle, Three in a Van by Mary Lynn Dobson. Directed by David Butler. Sometimes the best show isn’t onstage but in the parking lot. That’s the case in Two on the Aisle, Three in a Van, a comedy where the point of view this time comes from the unsung heroes who call the show, man the spotlights, sew the costumes, count the tickets and suffer through every flubbed line, forgotten prop and missed cue. Friday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday matinee, 3 p.m. 530 Beachview Drive, St. Simons Island. (912) 638-0338 or theislandplayers.com/.

March 7:
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.

March 9-15:
Hilton Head Island Wine and Food Festival! Join us for the 35th year of the Hilton Head Wine and Food Festival during the week of March 9-15, 2020. The week will consist of wine tastings/educational events as well as wine dinners throughout the island. The Sip and Stroll will be on Thursday, March 12th, the Grand Tasting will be Friday night, March 13th and the Public Tasting will be Saturday, March 14, all located in and around the iconic Harbour Town in Sea Pines Resort. Schedule of Events: Sip & Stroll; March 12, 1-4 p.m., Harbour Town Yacht Basin. Stay Gold: A Lowcountry Wine, Food and Music Experience; March 12, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Harbour Town Yacht Basin. Grand Tasting; March 13, 5:30-7:30 p.m., The Harbour Town Clubhouse. Public Tasting; March 14, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., The Harbour Town Yacht Basin. Beachside Brunch and Bubbles; March 15, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., The Sea Pines Beach Club. For additional information, please visit hiltonheadwineandfood.com.

March 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/.

March 13:
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. 6:30 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.

March 14:
The 2020 Turtle Crawl 5k and 10k races and one-mile Fun Run, Great Dunes Beach Park! Turtle Crawl was created in 2003 as a fundraiser for the Georgia Sea Turtle Center (GSTC). Since that time, the event and its participants have raised more than $100,000 to help save sea turtles. In just 11 years of operation, the Georgia Sea Turtle Center has provided care for more than 3,000 patients, including a variety of sea turtle species and other coastal wildlife. GSTC has also provided environmental education for more than 1,200 groups, and last year welcomed more than 109,000 guests in the Center from near and far. Ghost Crawler option has been added to allow people who can’t participate in the event to support GSTC and receive a race shirt. Great Dunes Beach Park is located on N. Beachview Drive, between the Jekyll Island Convention Center and Tortuga Jack’s. (912) 635-3636 or jekyllisland.com.

March 21-22:
St. Simons Island SPRING INVITATIONAL Arts & Crafts Market! 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. FREE! Postell Park, 532 Beachview Dr. (912) 262-0628 or (912) 280-0023 or stsimonsislandartshow@gmail.com or https://www.soglogallery.com/art-shows.

March 21:
67th Annual Christ Church Tour of Homes! Episcopal Church Women of Christ Church Frederica present the 67th Annual Tour of Homes on St. Simons and Sea Islands. The Episcopal Churchwomen of Christ Church Frederica welcome you to St. Simons and Sea Island. Your tour ticket purchase enables ECW to reach out in tangible ways to the needs of our community. Tour funds are devoted to area charities, primarily those geared to women and children in need. Tickets are $40 in advance and $50 on tour day. Christ Church, Frederica, 6329 Frederica Rd. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For full details on the tour stops and to plan your tour day visit www.christchurchtourofhomes.org or (912) 638-8683.

March 21:
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. 6:30 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.

March 26-April 11:
The Savannah Music Festival is dedicated to presenting world-class celebrations of the musical arts by creating timeless and adventurous productions that stimulate arts education, foster economic growth, and unite artists and audiences in Savannah. Tickets are now on sale for the 2020 Savannah Music Festival! Discover all the music coming to Savannah next spring by browsing our website which features video and audio samples for each performance. See the entire festival lineup and get your tickets now! Special Offers, Ticket Discounts & Deals! Learn more about unique ticket discount packages, discounts for locals and children and how to save on purchases of tickets to three performances or more. Plan your Visit SavannahMusicFestival.org has all the info you need to learn more about our concert venues, to book a place to stay, to find a place to eat or drink and more. Start Planning!

March 27:
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. 6:30 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.

March 30:
Sound Bites presented by The Coastal Symphony of Georgia presents — Improvisations in a Secret Study. Visual images are conjured by a bassoon, contrabassoon and electric instruments. A captivating concept by Anthony Anurca! 7-9 p.m. $45. Reid’s Apothecary, 1618 Newcastle St., Brunswick. Reservations contact cemde7714@gmail.com or coastalsymphonyofgeorgia.org.

March 31:
Meet the Author Susan Zurenda and Bells for Eli. After teaching literature, composition, and creative writing to thousands of high school and college students for 33 years, Susan turned her attention to putting a novel in her heart on paper, the genesis of which started with a short story that won a fiction prize some years ago. Bells for Eli will be released March 2, 2020. During her years of teaching at Spartanburg Community College and then as an AP English teacher at Spartanburg High School, Susan published short stories and won numerous regional awards such as the South Carolina Fiction Prize (twice), the Porter Fleming Competition, The Southern Writers Symposium Emerging Writers Fiction Contest, The Hub City Hardegree Contest in Fiction, Alabama Conclave First Novel Chapter Contest, and The Jubilee Writing Competition (twice). Since 2018, she has published six stories in literary magazines. G. J. Ford Bookshop will be selling copies of the book at the event, and we encourage you to purchase your book and have it signed by the author. Our local independent bookstore makes many of our author appearances possible. Too many books? Why not purchase one, read it and then donate it for our annual book sale or the library? 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.

 

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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 […]

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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