December 2019 Stsimonsisland.com Calendar
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 viewable 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. 5556 US HWY 17N, Brunswick, GA 31525. (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.
Christmas Twilight Tours, 2017. Exclusive to the holiday season, enjoy a special evening trolley ride through the National Historic Landmark District highlighting the story of Christmas on Jekyll Island. The tour includes a special stop at Faith Chapel, showcasing the magnificent stained glass masterpiece, “Adoration of the Christ Child.” The evening concludes at Indian Mound Cottage with music and light refreshments. This event takes place on Saturdays during the month of December. Tours depart from the Jekyll Island Museum. For reservations, please call (912) 635-4036. Adults $20; Children 7-15 $10; Children 6 & under free.
This popular family-friendly music event takes place at Gascoigne Bluff on St. Simons Island. 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! 1 to 7 p.m.
ANNUAL HOLIDAY MARKET at Postell Park Pier Village, St. Simons Island. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 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.
December 1-January 5:
Jekyll Island Skating Village is back in its riverfront location for the 2019-20 season. Located in the picturesque Historic District, the Jekyll Island Skating Village features a synthetic ice rink and real ice skates. This unique surface takes the pain and cold out of ice skating and is easy for kids and adults of all ages. Skate on Jekyll Island among history, under ancient oaks, and with a spectacular view of the Jekyll River. Closed Christmas day. Hours: Mon.-Fri., 3.-9 p.m.; Sat.-Sun.: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Cost: $5 per person, includes skate rental & 30-minute session. Location: 364 Riverview Drive, Jekyll Island. jekyllisland.com.
December 1, 5-8, 19-22, 28-30:
Explore the Tall Ship Lynx! Privateer Lynx is a replica of an 1812 privateer with the same name. The ship is out of Nantucket, Mass. that is owned and operated by the Lynx Educational Foundation. Tall Ship Lynx is a well respected and famous Top Sail Schooner Tall Ship. The Lynx mission is to teach the youth about maritime history during the 1812 war when was fighting for our independence and for fair trade. The ship will be open to the public offering free dockside Deck Tours, along with offering their award-winning educational programs to schools and youth groups. The ship will be at Morningstar Marina, 206 Marina Dr. The Ships grand arrival is November 10. The Lynx and crew is also offering daily public sailing which is a public 2-1/2 interactive sailing aboard the historical Privateer Lynx, 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and 2-4:30 p.m. Tickets for the public sailing are now available at www.tallshiplynx.com.
Coastal Symphony of Georgia presents Concert Notes! The second concert of the season celebrates a fairy tale, a commanding trumpet solo, and a perennial holiday favorite. German composer Engelbert Humperdinck’s 19th Century Opera Hansel & Gretel is taken from the Grimm Brother’s fairy tale. The Overture delights us with lush melodies, the playful sounds of childhood, feelings of nostalgia-the magical feeling of a fairy tale. Brunswick High School, 3885 Altamaha Ave. 8-10 p.m. coastalsymphonyofgeorgia.org.
Glynn Visual Arts’ Mistletoe Market Holiday Festival will be held in Postell Park, 532 Beachview Drive, St. Simons Island in the Village from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. each day. This fine art and gift market has become a mainstay of the Golden Isles’ holiday festivities. “This year, we expect between 60-70 accomplished artists and artisans offering a wide array of quality artwork including two dimensional art, pottery, jewelry, sculpture, photography, woodworking, baskets, fabric and mixed media. This show combines fine art, fabulous gifts, great food, entertainment and family fun in a festive outdoor island holiday atmosphere. And, are you a dog lover? Don’t miss our local pooch parade at the Holiday Hound Hike on December 1! Doggies (and sometimes potbellied pigs!) parade all dressed up in their holiday finery. Parade starts at 11:00 a.m. sharp! Registration is $10 per dog. glynnvisualarts.org.
Join us for the Coastal Symphony’s Winter Concert from 8-10 p.m. at Brunswick High School, 3885 Altamaha Ave., St. Simons Island. This concert celebrates a fairy tale, a commanding trumpet solo, and a perennial holiday favorite. German composer Engelbert Humperdinck’s 19th Century opera Hansel and Gretel is taken from the Grimm Brother’s fairy tale. The Overture delights us with lush melodies, the playful sounds of childhood, feelings of nostalgia – the magical feeling of a fairy tale. Following intermission, we will hear selections from The Nutcracker Ballet, Pyotr Ilich Tchaikovsky’s perennial holiday favorite. The two-act ballet is based on E.T.A. Hoffman’s “The Nutcracker and The Mouse King.” Give yourself up to the music and the adventures of Clara as we listen to March of the Toy Soldiers, Waltz of the Flowers, Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, and so many more musical favorites from this delightful ballet. coastalsymphonyofgeorgia.org.
December 3, 10, 16 & 18:
Holiday High Tea has become a holiday tradition at the Jekyll Island Club Resort. Enjoy the sounds of the season while you sip on our expansive selection of teas and dine on tea sandwiches, soup, warm scones with fruit compote and exquisite holiday sweets! Attire is holiday festive. Purchase your tickets for the day you would like to attend. Max Party Size: 10 People – larger parties will be split. Important: Are you attending with a large group? Denote the whole party size during the checkout process in “Other Information” and include first and last names. Max Party Size: 10 people. Holiday High Tea Ticket: $35.00 + $3.77 taxes and processing fee = $38.77. Purchase tickets here.
December 5, 6, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27 & 28:
Take a ride on Jekyll’s jolliest holiday trolley to see over half a million lights around the island. Sit back, relax and enjoy the magical wonders of the season from historic live oaks dressed in their holiday best, to light displays set in a coastal wonderland. This 40-minute holiday lights tour will include a pit-stop at Faith Chapel and finish off with festive holiday beverages. Tour starts at 6:30 p.m. (approx. 40 minutes) at the Mosaic Jekyll Island Museum, 100 Stable Rd., Jekyll Island. $15 For Adults, $7 For Children 5-12, Children 4 And Under Are Free. (912) 635-4036.
December 6 & 7:
39th Annual Hofwyl Plantation Christmas takes place from 6-9 p.m. Visitors will walk along the illuminated path under centuries old oaks and will be treated to a guided tour of the antebellum rice plantation. Enter the front door of the decorated plantation home where members of the Glynn County Garden Club Council will treat visitors to beautifully holiday decorated rooms and period dressed interpreters will share stories of the plantation. History buffs will enjoy Company A, 26th Georgia Volunteer Infantry and other units as they re-enact a pre-Civil War muster of the Glynn County Guards and Brunswick Rifles militia units. You will have the opportunity to see cannon firings which shoot flames over 100 feet from the barrels. Step back to the mid-1800s as the re-enactors demonstrate camp life. While strolling around the plantation, enjoy hot wassail and cookies as you listen to live musicians playing holiday music and singing Christmas carols. Also, Santa Claus has agreed to make a special appearance during both nights. Santa will be sitting by a cozy fireplace as he talks with the young ones; guests are welcome to take pictures of Santa and the children in his specially decorated room. 5556 U.S. Highway 17 N., Brunswick. Admission: $10 for adults, $5 for youth (6-17), children 5 and under are free. 912-264-7333 or www.explore.gastateparks.org.
Face 2 Face in Concert! Face to Face is an amazing tribute to superstars Sir Elton John and Billy Joel. Elton and Billy dominated the charts through the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s selling millions of records with mega hits such as “Saturday Night,” “Crocodile Rock,” “Yellow Brick Road,” “Candle in the Wind,” “Piano Man,” “Big Shot,” and “Just the Way You Are.” The two artists promise a high energy, interactive Rock ‘N’ Roll show that has each performing a solo set before a finale that has the two piano men playing together on separate pianos while sharing lyrics on each other’s songs. Doors open at 7 p.m. Show begins at 8 p.m. at Sea Island’s Rainbow Island, 100 Cloister Dr. Sea Island. Tickets: $45/person. Food and Beverage will be available for purchase. Chairs encouraged. No coolers or outside beverage permitted. Parking available at the Beach Club. Transportation will be provided throughout the evening for return trips to parking areas. Purchase Tickets.
Come enjoy a movie with Santa! Each child will visit with Santa, parents will have the opportunity to take photos, and Santa will have a special gift for each child. The Christmas Classic “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” will be shown from 6-8 p.m. every half hour in the theatre of the St. Simons Casino Building, 550 Beachview Drive, St. Simons Island. We will also have hot chocolate, cookies and letter writing for Santa.. $3.00 per person in attendance. *This is a cash only event.* glynncounty.org.
Holly Jolly Jekyll Parade and the Lighting of the Great Tree takes place December 7 from 4:30-7 p.m. Line up begins in the Jekyll Island Golf Course parking lot at 4:30 p.m. Island guests and residents are encouraged to watch the parade along the route and afterwards meet on the Main Lawn to view all of the participants. While you’re there, enjoy holiday music and work on your Christmas shopping lists at the Pier Road shops. Everyone is encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys for the Georgia State Patrol’s Toys for Tots. Parade is free and open to the public. jekyllisland.com.
The Brunswick Christmas Parade is an annual community parade takes place on the first Saturday in December. Starting at 5:30 p.m. at Howard Coffin Park, 1430 Lanier Blvd., Brunswick. Get into the spirit with as over 100 floats, vehicles, walking groups and marching band units make their way one mile down the length of Gloucester Street to Mary Ross Waterfront Park in the heart of the Old Town National Register Historic District. For information on entering a float, vehicle, walking or marching unit in the parade, please contact the Downtown Development Authority or (912) 265-4032.
The annual community chorus presentation of Handel’s Messiah will take place at 5 p.m. on Saturday, December 7 at Wesley United Methodist Church. Free and open to the public, but seating is limited. 151 Old Plantation Road, Jekyll Island. wesleyssi.org.
Family Christmas Concert Enjoy a Holiday themed piano performance by Terry Readdick. The program will include familiar pieces ranging from Joy to the World to Jingle Bells with updated, creative arrangements and seldom heard piano selections from the Nutcracker! Bring the whole family to enjoy the music of the Christmas season! Christ Church, Frederica, 6329 Frederica Rd, St. Simons Island. Concert starts at 4 p.m. $35 Adult, $12 Children. coastalsymphonyofgeorgia.org.
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.
Come celebrate Christmas with an acclaimed concert pianist, classical cellist, award-winning soprano, and lyric tenor at the 4th Annual Christmas Concert 7 p.m.at the Jekyll Island Convention Center, 75 Beachview Dr. N, Jekyll Island. At this event, sponsored by Caroline’s Gifts and Flowers and the Jekyll Island Authority, you will hear selections ranging from traditional Christmas carols and songs to beloved classical pieces. There will even be an opportunity for the audience to sing-along with all-time favorite carols. Everyone is welcome and admission is free of charge. goldenisles.com/event/4th-annual-christmas-concert.
The Lighthouse Trolleys invites to you to board up with us and come out to tour the Tour Christmas Lights of St. Simons Island. We are the company that started this community event and thousands have joined us each year to celebrate community and the lights and sounds of Christmas. Island homeowners really decorate up their homes and each year promises new additions and upgrades. Sing along with Christmas Carols, Christmas music played throughout the tour. Bring your cameras and vote the best house in each neighborhood!
December 13th-December 24th: Departs 7, 7:15 & 7:30 p.m. December 26th & 27th Tour of Lights, Departs 7pm only *(Santa not included. He is back at the North Pole resting!). $20 Adults, $10 Child (12 & under). Private Bookings Accepted. Tours are 90 minutes long. Food, drinks, BYOB allowed on board. Departs from the St. Simons Fishing Pier, 100 Mallery Street. lighthousetrolleys.com or (912) 399-5007.
Jekyll & Hyde Comic-Horror Con is Southeast Georgia’s Premiere Pop Culture Event and the largest of its kind in Southern Georgia and Northeast Florida. Jekyll Con attracts thousands of pop culture fans of all ages for a weekend of nerdy fun at the beachfront Jekyll Island Convention Center, celebrating everything in the comic book, fantasy, sci-fi, anime, and gaming fandom!This family-friendly event hosts some of the top vendors, artists, and celebrities in the industry; including panels, workshops, gaming tournaments, and live entertainment for all ages. Schedule of Events: Friday, December 13: Friday the 13th Pre-Party. Saturday, December 14th: Exhibitor Hall Hours 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Cosplay Contests, 3 p.m. for Kids and 6 p.m. for Adults, All Ages Dance Party from 9-11 p.m., After Hours Party for ages 18+ from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Sunday, December 15th: Wrap Party Brunch. For the most updated info, visit JekyllCon.com.
Jekyll Singers Christmas Concert, sponsored by Jekyll Island Arts Association. Concert will include Christmas music 7 p.m., at the beautiful Jekyll Convention Center. The performance is for the entire community and is free! 75 N. Beachview Drive, Jekyll Island. (912) 319-2051.
Ring in the New Year in style! This year we are throwing a New Year’s Eve party in the Morgan Center, 151 Old Plantation Road, Jekyll Island. Enjoy live music and great company while you celebrate the beginning of 2020. All party attendees will receive complimentary party favors and a complimentary champagne toast at midnight. We will be dancing the night away at the Jekyll Island Club Resort with live music by BackBeat Boulevard! Timeline: 8 p.m. – 1 a.m., Cash Bar, 9-11 p.m., Finger Foods & Live Music, Midnight Champagne Toast. Our New Year’s Eve party is complimentary for Resort guests. Non-Resort guests are welcome to attend and join the fun.Non-Resort tickets are $20 per person plus tax and service charge. Non-Resort guests must purchase tickets through Eventbrite to secure their reservation. Get tickets here.
December 31-January 1:
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.