March 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. (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.

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 1-17:
The Island Players presents The Savannah Sipping Society! Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, Jamie Wooten. Directed by Greg Santoro. In this delightful, laugh-a-minute comedy, four unique Southern women, all needing to escape the sameness of their day-to-day routines, are drawn together by Fate—and an impromptu happy hour—and decide it’s high time to reclaim the enthusiasm for life they’ve lost through the years. Over the course of six months filled with laughter, hilarious misadventures, and the occasional liquid refreshment,these middle-aged women successfully bond and find the confidence to jump start their new lives. Playing: March 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 7:30 p.m. Sunday Matinees: 3, 10, 17, 3 p.m. 530 Beachview Dr. (912) 638-0338 or https://www.theislandplayers.com.

March 2:
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 2:
18th Annual RED HOT Rotary Chili Cookoff! Annual Chili Cookoff Competition & Fundraiser! One of our most popular area events and a local favorite! Affordable, Fun, Family & Pet Friendly! Come on out and enjoy the day with friends & neighbors tasting great chili & sides while benefiting great causes within our community! Live music will be provided. Tickets available in advance are $5 and $8 at the gate. 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Event takes place at Postell Park, 532 Beachview Dr. (912) 270-4772 or https://www.brunswickgoldenisleschamber.com/events/details/18th-annual-red-hot-rotary-chili-cookoff-11705.

March 6:
The Literary Guild of St. Simons Island “Island Film Series” presents Death of Stalin. UK, 2017, directed by Armando Iannucci. This very black comedy takes place in Moscow, 1953. After being in power for nearly 30 years, Soviet dictator Josef Stalin takes ill and quickly dies. Now the members of the Council of Ministers scramble for power. Rated R. 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.

March 7-12:
Don’t miss The Georgia Elvis Festival! Stroll through the beautiful downtown and see all the storefront windows decorated with Elvis memorabilia. With Tribute Artists performing outside in Brunswick’s signature squares throughout the weekend, the Georgia Elvis Festival is packed with entertainment. There are a number of great restaurants downtown, all within walking distance to the theater, and with low hotel room rates, it’s one of the least expensive Elvis events to attend. And once again we are proud to present the very best Elvis Tribute Artists in the world! This year’s festival will star Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artists Dwight Icenhower and Jay Dupuis. Historic Ritz Theatre, 1530 Newcastle St., Corner Of F Street, Brunswick. (888) 406-5885 or elvisfestival.com.

March 8-11:
The Jekyll Island Arts Festival will be held March 8-10 in the Jekyll Island Historic District. Displays, demonstrations and activities are scheduled from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. on March 9 and 10 and from noon to 4 p.m. on March 11 in and adjacent to the Goodyear Cottage. Many artist-made items will be for sale during the Festival, which will feature live music and delicious food. Jekyll Island National Historic District, Riverview Drive, Jekyll Island. (614) 579-5853 or jekyllisland.com.

March 9:
Annual Oyster Roast with A TRIBUTE to the Allman Brothers at The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort, 201 Arnold Rd. We’re excited to have a fundraising oyster roast complete with TRIBUTE- a celebration of the Allman Brothers Band, with proceeds benefiting The Boys and Girls Club of Southeast Georgia. We’ll be offering special packages that weekend that will include tickets and accommodations so you can take the elevator home! 6-10 p.m. Those details, including the full menu are here and individual tickets are available here. (912) 268-5966 or http://bgcsega.com/king-prince-oyster-roast/.

March 9:
The 2019 Turtle Crawl 5k and 10k races and one-mile Fun Run! 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. Race starts at the Jekyll Island Convention Center, 75 North Beachview Dr. , Jekyll Island. (912) 635-3636 or jekyllisland.com.

March 11-17:
34th Hilton Head Island Wine & Food Festival in Sea Pines Resort. 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 14th, the Grand Tasting will be Friday night, March 15th and the Public Tasting will be Saturday, March 16, all located in and around the iconic Harbour Town in Sea Pines Resort. Ticket prices vary for each event and can be found and purchased by going to hiltonheadwineandfood.com.

March 11:
Lunch & Learn, 12:30–2 p.m. Bring your lunch and come learn something new. This is a monthly series and each month features a different topic. For topic listings and to register click here. Glynn Visual Arts Center, 106 Island Dr. (912) 638-8770 or glynnvisualarts.org.

March 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. 6:30 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 16-17:
SPRING INVITATIONAL 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.

March 16:
66th Annual Christ Church Tour of Homes! Episcopal Church Women of Christ Church Frederica present the 66th Annual Tour of Homes on St. Simons and Sea Islands. 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 20:
The Literary Guild of St. Simons Island “Island Film Series” presents Tea with Dames. UK, 2018, directed by Roger Michell. Eileen Atkins, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright and Maggie Smith are among the most celebrated actresses of our time, with scores of iconic performances, decades of wisdom, and innumerable awards between them. They are also longtime friends who invite you to join them for a weekend in the country as they catch up with one another, reminisce, and share their candid, delightfully irreverent thoughts on everything from art to aging to love to a life lived in the spotlight. 84 minutes. Not Rated. 7–8:30 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.

March 21:
Master your coastal Georgia knowledge with 100 Miles and Naturalist 101 and join us for “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: 65 Years of Ecological Research on Sapelo Island” Lecture with Dr. Damon Gannon, Assistant Director of UGA Marine Institute. Our education programs are designed to help coastal residents and enthusiasts build an encyclopedia of knowledge about Georgia’s coastal habitats and wildlife. Lecture starts at 7 p.m. at the One Hundred Miles Office, 1312 Newcastle St., 2nd Floor. onehundredmiles.org.

March 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. 6:30 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 23:
St. Simons Food and Spirits: Bites & Bands Benefiting Hospice of the Golden Isles! The St. Simons Food + Spirits Festival presents “Bites and Bands” celebrating the best the South has to offer in this quintessential coastal destination. This year we bring together culinary excellence, leading chefs, beverage experts, popular bands and more in one festive experience under a canopy of oaks at picturesque Gascoigne Bluff. Locals and visitors alike, plan to save the date for this one-of-a-kind spring festival, rain or shine. Attend “Bites and Bands” and enjoy local flavors while listening to great music from The Pine Box Dwellers, Strawberry Flats w/ John Keane, and the Randall Bramblett Band. Twenty of the best local restaurants, along with spirit, craft brew and fine wine providers will be on site to share their top coastal Georgia dishes and libations with our guests. 4-10 p.m. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/st-simons-food-spirits-festival-presents-bites-bands-tickets-54833551629?aff=efbneb&fbclid=IwAR2r4-W4zQY8SJt_HsB5D5nGdr_6onqlL5rrwweXhPIQiXgi1IrBo3IA1-4.

March 24:
Jewish Food and Culture Festival! Enjoy traditional Jewish cuisine, customs and entertainment—challah to chuppah, klezmer to knish—at the fifth annual Jewish Food and Culture Festival, hosted by Temple Beth Tefilloh, Jekyll Squares off of Newcastle Street in downtown Brunswick. Temple members and vendors will be on hand to sell a variety of Jewish food, and members will host tours of the temple and a children’s activity. The festival will also include a Jewish wedding ceremony and a performance by Klezmer Local 42, an Athens, Georgia-based band that plays traditional Eastern European music. Admission to the festival is free. Tickets for food are $1 each, and food costs between four and eight tickets per item. Tickets for raffle items are $10 each or three tickets for $20. Tickets will be available on site the day of the festival and at the Downtown Brunswick First Friday event in March 2019. The temple is more than 125 years old, and proceeds from the festival will go toward funding its restoration. 12-3:30 p.m. http://www.bethtefilloh.org/events.html.

March 28:
Business After Hours! Who says business can’t be fun?? Tortuga Jack’s Jekyll Island, 201 Beachview Dr N. 5:30-7:30 p.m. $7 members, $10 non-members. Hosted by: iHeart Media. Bring your co-workers, friends and PLENTY of business cards – we have LOTS of drawings and door prizes to give away! [email protected] or bgicoc.com.

March 30:
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 31-April 5:
Mission Possible Spring Break 2019. Epworth By The Sea, A Christian Conference and Retreat Center invites individuals and groups to partner with The City of Brunswick and make a difference. Over 44 percent of residents of Brunswick, GA have income below the poverty level. With your help we can share in revitalizing areas of the city. Come grab a shovel, rake or paint brush and be a part of Mission Possible 2019 in the city! Spend Spring Break helping the elderly and less fortunate, while bonding with friends on Adventure Ministries’ Ropes Course, hanging out at the beach and enjoy some free time and exciting speakers each night at Epworth! Package Rates Are Per Person and Full Amount Due with Reservation. $300 includes all fees, 5 nights lodging, meals, materials fee, Ropes Course and a t-shirt. For more information, call or email Scott Adams, Programming Director, at (912) 638-8688 or [email protected]Rates and reservations online at: www.EpworthByTheSea.org.

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