Stephanie & Lee’s September Wedding on St Simons Island, GA

February 15th, 2017

We are excited to share photos from a recent destination wedding here on St. Simons Island that was absolutely breathtaking! Complete with a rehearsal dinner overlooking the ocean, strolling reception in the Delegal Room (and an amazing doughnut tower!), and a cocktail hour on the oceanfront lawn, they gave their guests a night filled with good food, fun, and beautiful views. Check out their wedding photos below (thanks to Chris Moncus Photography for capturing all these amazing moments)!

Ceremony: St. William Catholic Church
Reception & Catering: King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort
Event Designer, Coordiantor & Flowers: Cocktails & Details
Photographer: Chris Moncus Photography
DJ: Island Sound
Hair & Makeup: Fantasy Hair & Makeup
Cakes: Publix

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Rehearsal Dinner at The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort on St Simons Island, GA

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Rehearsal Dinner catering by The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort

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The Bride & Groom’s First Look on the lawn at The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort

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The strolling reception in the Delegal Room included cocktail hour on the Lawn

 

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Oceanfront wedding photos and celebrations on St Simons Island, GA

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Oceanfront wedding reception in the Delegal Room at The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort

 

How to Keep Your Dog Safe and Happy When Traveling

February 7th, 2017

Traveling with your dog

Photo by TessDeGroot

 

We are proud to be a pet-friendly resort and want to make traveling with your pets as easy as possible. To help you ease your furry loved ones into travel, we’re sharing these tips from veterinarian, Janice Miller:

If you have a pet, chances are you think of them as a member of the family. So, when it comes time to hit the road for a family vacation, you’re probably reluctant to leave your pet behind. While traveling with a pet does require that you take a few extra precautions, it can certainly be done successfully and will allow you to keep the whole family together on your vacay. Here are a few tips to help you on your way:

Prep your pet for life on the road. If your pet isn’t a seasoned traveler, you’ll want to introduce the experiences they’ll have while traveling to them prior to your departure. For example, if they haven’t spent a lot of time in their carrier, help them get used to it by spending some time in it each day, increasing the increments of time with each test run. If your pet seems anxious in the car, take short driving trips with them–perhaps to the dog park and back–so that they can acclimate to riding in the car.

Consider what form of travel works best for your pet. Is your pet small enough to ride in the cabin of the plane? Are they ok with being in their carrier for long periods of time? If your answers to both of these questions are “yes,” then air travel could be an option for getting you and your family to your destination.

If your dog is too large to fly in the cabin of the plane, then you should drive. Flying in the cargo section can be very uncomfortable and possibly traumatizing for your pooch. And, of course, you may find when assessing travel options that it is best to leave your pet at home. If your dog is elderly, was recently ill, or is prone to anxiety, leaving them in the care of a trusted friend or neighbor may be the best option as that way your pet can stay in the comfort of their own home, and you’ll have someone looking after your house as well. You can always ask your sitter to send frequent updates so that you know your pooch is happy and well taken care of.

Avoid giving your pooch people food. Whether you’re traveling by plane or car, you’ll want to be sure to bring along food and water for your pet. It’s recommended that you feed your dog four hours prior to your flight. Avoid giving your pet any treats in the form of people food before or during your travel. Introducing unfamiliar foods could lead to an upset stomach and make your pet uncomfortable while traveling. And while you’re at airports or rest stops, keep a close eye on them and make sure they don’t chow down on something they find on the floor or ground.

Make time for exercise. The best way for you to ensure your pet stays calm during your travel time is to give them an opportunity to run out their energy whenever possible before, during, and after your trip. Be sure your pet gets plenty of exercise in the days leading up to your big trip. If you stop at a rest stop, spend a little extra time there so that your pet can run and play before getting back in the car. If you’re flying, know that many airports now offer pet relief areas. Though you may have to go back through security in order to use them, they do offer an opportunity to let your pet stretch their legs a bit if you have a layover or prior to getting in a car to get to your final destination.

Especially for first-timers, the idea of traveling with a pet can be intimidating. But when you take the right steps before and during your trip, you can ensure you and your pet get to your destination feeling happy and healthy.

This blog was written by Janice Miller* of Safety Today.

*Janice Miller is a veterinarian, and the founder of the Franklin Animal Rescue Society. She advocates on educating people on home and community safety.

February 2017 Events in the Golden Isles

January 27th, 2017

Band equipment in living roomEnjoy Live Music at ECHO every weekend: visit the event calendar here for details.

 

ArtTrends Gallery Presents Guest Artist Bob Meredith: Tuesday, January 10th to Sunday, February 19th, 2017

A Georgia native and now a resident of the Golden Isles, Meredith has been delighting art lovers for over forty years with oil paintings ranging in style from custom portraits to landscapes to still life’s. His most recent and cherished medium, trompe l’oeil,”fool the eye” realism, has brought him renown across the nation and internationally. His transcendent and jaw-droppingly realistic representations of cabinets and store windows can be found in French chateaux, Georgia mansions, Manhattan offices, and homes across the nation. The public is cordially invited to attend an opening meet and greet reception Thursday, January, 12th, 5-7pm at ArtTrends Gallery, 3305 Frederica Road, St. Simons Island. A painting demonstration by Meredith of his amazing tromp l’oeil techniques will be on Thursday, January, 12th & 19th , 5-7 pm. Phone: 912-268-4761

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Glynn Visual Arts February Classes and Workshops: Thursday 2nd to Tuesday 28th, February 2017

Join Glynn Visual Arts for some Classes and Workshops including Adult Pottery, Tai Chi, Scarf Making, Mosaic Workshops + more! See the complete list of activities here and for more information call 912-638-8770.

 

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First Friday in Historic Downtown Brunswick: Friday, February 3rd, 2017 – 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Kick off the first weekend of the month on Newcastle Street from 5 – 8pm at First Friday in Historic Downtown Brunswick. Visit the beautiful downtown district and enjoy all the galleries, shops, and businesses that will be open late serving wine & snacks, with live music in our Signature Squares.

 

harrington_school_houseBringing Out the Best in Us, A Celebration of Harrington School House: Saturday, February 4th, 2017 – 11:00am to 3:00pm

Please join us for “Bringing Out the Best in Us” in celebration of everyone who supported the restoration of the Historic Harrington Graded School and anyone who wants to save and share our African-American heritage on St. Simons Island, Georgia. Hosted by The Friends of Harrington School, Inc. and St. Simons African-American Coalition

Bennie’s Red Barn, 5514 Frederica Road, St. Simons Island, GA

Best ever Southern buffet lunch starting at 11:00am
Recollections and program at 11:45am
Special preview tours of the schoolhouse from 1-3pm

RSVP by January 28 to friends@ssiheritagecoalition.org or 912-634-0330. Lunch tickets ($25) pay at the door.

 

let_freedom_ringLet Freedom Ring: Saturday, February 4th, 2017 – 6:00pm to 11:00pm

The Symphony Society presents: Cabaret 2017 – Let Freedom Ring
A Star Spangled Specular!!
This will be held at The Cloister Hotel on Sea Island. Tickets will be $175.00 per person. Phone: 912-222-5686

 

lillie_simpsonCultural Expressions: The Gullah Artwork of Lillie Simpson: Monday, February 6th to Monday, March 6th, 2017

Glynn Visual Arts (GVA) is proud to present their latest exhibition in celebration of Black History month and our Coastal Heritage. Opening Reception, Thursday, February 9, 2017, 5:30pm – 7:00pm

Lillie Simpson’s paintings use a vibrant palette and free-flowing sense of composition to create a world that the artist encapsulates in one word: “life.” That liveliness is expressed in the bold colors of the acrylic and oil paints which Simpson uses as well as in the varied textures and scenes she captures. In some of her works, color and form are employed in abstract patterns. Her ability to balance intense and subtle shades gives these paintings a three-dimensional quality and keeps the viewer’s eye in constant motion.

Simpson’s more recent paintings are focused on the life and culture of the Gullah people of South Carolina and Georgia. In these images, she mixes the formal qualities of her abstract works with an expressive depiction of the coastal landscape and its people. The sense of light and air, along with the strong sense of movement, result in engaging images that make the people Simpson depicts come vividly alive. “It’s as though those who had no voice now have one through faint whispers in my creations,” she says.

Memories of living in the coastlands of Georgia, Saint Simons Island and the southeast coastal area, feed and inform Simpson’s artwork. Her first art exhibit was in the Glynn Arts Gallery, Saint Simons Island, GA about 22 years ago where her work was featured alongside world renowned artist Alex Baptiste of Savannah, GA., Ernest Butts of Brunswick, GA, and the late Ana Bel Lee of St. Simons Island, GA. We are pleased to have Simpson now coming full circle back to Glynn Visual Arts for this very special exhibit.

Simpson’s works have been shown most recently at the Agora Gallery in New York, New York – 2014, The Montreal Arts Center, Montreal, Canada – Global Arts League International Exhibit of Professional & Emerging Artists – 2015 and at the Buford Arts Council Gallery, Buford, SC – 2015. Simpson’s work has been featured in many news articles across the southeast including the LowCountry and in the ARTisSpectrum’s 30th Anniversary Issue of Agora Gallery’s (NYC) contemporary fine art magazine.

Glynn Visual Arts. 106 Island Drive, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522. 912-638-8770. www.glynnvisualarts.org

 

The Coastal Symphony of Georgia Presents New Frontiers: Monday, February 6th, 2017 – 8:00pm to 9:00pm

The third concert of The Coastal Symphony of Georgia’s 2016-17 season offers a symphonic exploration of New Frontiers. The first interval presents Beethoven’s “Creatures of Prometheus Overture,” followed by Brahms’ “Hungarian Dance No. 5” and Liszt’s “Hungarian Rhapsody in C Sharp Minor.” After intermission, Dvorak’s beloved “Symphony No. 9” promises to delight the audience with music “From the New World.” The performance is 8:00 p.m., Monday, February 6, at the Brunswick High School Auditorium (3920 Habersham Avenue, Brunswick, GA 31520). For information about individual tickets ($40), please call the Symphony box office at 912.634.2006 or visit the website.

 

sophia_0Coffee with the Author Sophia Porson: Tuesday, February 7th, 2017 – 10:30am to 11:30am

The Literary Guild of St. Simons Island’s “Coffee with the Author” series presents “A Life in Languages.” Our speaker is Sophia Porson, a retired State Department linguist who served as a diplomatic interpreter for eight American Presidents and many foreign dignitaries. Her duties included travel abroad with U.S delegations engaged in international conferences, good will missions, and state visits. Her fascinating and informative talk will be illustrated by photographs of events in which she participated.

Held at the Casino Building on St. Simons Island, room 108. Phone: 912-289-7357. Reservations recommended at this website. Free to Literary Guild members, $10 for guests

 

The Literary Guild presents Elvis and Nixon: Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 – 7:00pm to 9:00pm

The Literary Guild of St. Simons Island Film Series presents Elvis and Nixon. USA, 2016, directed by Lisa Johnson. The untold true story behind the meeting between Elvis Presley (Michael Shannon), the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, and President Richard Nixon (Kevin Spacey) resulting in this revealing, yet humorous moment immortalized in the most requested photograph in the National Archives. 87 minutes; Rated R
Held at the Casino Building on St. Simons Island. Phone: 912-289-7357. Free and open to all, although a $3.00 donation is suggested to offset film and theatre rental fees.

 

whiskeywinewildlife2017Whiskey Wine and Wildlife 2017: Thursday 9th to Sunday 12th, February 2017

Whiskey, Wine & Wildlife – “W3″ artfully combines renowned beverage tastings and inspired cuisine from some of the South’s best and award-winning chefs, an esteemed group of masters from all walks of life. From master distillers, master chefs, master wildlife researchers and famous pitmasters, to Georgia’s only Master Sommelier, Michael McNeill.

 

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Moonrise Party at ECHO: Thursday 9th to Saturday 11th, February 2017

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 for three evenings, while the moon rises over the horizon and glistens on the ocean.

 

cannons_point_ruins_webCannon’s Point History Tours: Friday, February 10th & 24 th, 2017 – 9:30am to 12:30pm

The Coastal Georgia Historical Society, in conjunction with the St. Simons Land Trust, will offer in-depth history tours of Cannon’s Point Preserve on February 10. Archaeology consultant Myrna Crook will provide detailed interpretation of this historic site, including the John Couper family and life at Cannon’s Point during the plantation period. Tour groups will meet at the A.W. Jones Heritage Center at 9:30 a.m. and will return at 12:30 p.m. The tour is $65 per person. Visit here to register, or call 912-634-7090 for assistance.

sogrofarmersmarket_background2_1Southern Grown Farmers Market: Saturday, February 11th, 2017 – 10:00am to 2:00pm

Enjoy live music as you visit local artists, shop for Southern products, fresh baked goods, and produce.

 

Caring for our Coastal Tree Canopy: Monday, February 13th, 2017 – 4:00pm to 7:00pm

“Caring for Our Coastal Tree Canopy”, a seminar co-sponsored by Golden Isles Fund for Trees (GIFT) and Marshes of Glynn Libraries (MOGL) will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Room 108 – Casino, St. Simons Island. Certified arborists will present information about assessing tree risk, pre-ventive measures to take before a storm, post-storm care, and choosing re-placement trees. A question & answer panel discussion will close out the seminar. The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, please RSVP to goldenislesfundfortrees@gmail.com or 912-689-7408.

Before the seminar, join GIFT to “Hug-a-Tree” under the two large live oaks in the picnic area at the Casino. Beginning at 4:00 pm, you are invited to bring your friends and family to hug a tree, take a photo and register for prizes. At 4:30 pm, the two large trees will be officially measured for registration with the Live Oak Society.

 

ValentinesInfoPic2017_x500Valentine’s Day Dinner at ECHO: Tuesday, February 14th, 2017 – 5:00pm to 10:00pm

Treat your sweetheart to a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner at the King and Prince Resort.

ECHO Dining: 3 Course Dinner, $39/person and $15/wine pairing per person
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Delegal Dining with Live Music: 5 Course Dinner, $59/person and $15/wine pairing per person

View both menus here. Reservations Required: 912-268-5967. Live music with Bill & Jaime will be in Delegal only.

 

bridge_run_0Southeast Georgia Health System Bridge Run: Saturday, February 18th, 2017 – 8:00am to 12:00pm

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.

Phone: 1-800-537-5142, ext., 2786

St. Simons Island Storytelling Festival: Saturday 18th to Monday 20th, February 2017

You are cordially invited to attend our annual “Saint Simons Island Storytelling Festival” featuring nationally known, professional storytellers! Four renowned storytellers have accepted the invitation to participate. Be prepared to laugh, shed a few tears and enjoy their stories. Storytellers: Donald Davis, Lyn Ford, Bil Lepp and Andy Offutt Irwin.

Visit here or call 912-638-8688 for more information.

 

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Art of Food and extraordinary art and culinary experience! The pleasure of your company is requested for cocktails, dinner and art. A fundraiser for Glynn Visual Arts.

5:00-6:30pm – The Art of the Cocktail
7:00-9:00pm – The Art of Food

Glynn Visual Arts, is partnership with Georgia Sea Grill, presents a progressive dinner filled with amazing art, music and specially prepared food and beverage. The “Art of the Cocktail,” hosted by Allison Nunis-Firth, Mixologist for National Distributing Company will kick off the evening at the Glynn Visual Arts Center. Following a quick trolley ride, Georgia Sea Grill will present a custom menu of tastefully and artfully presented courses, each paired with the perfect complementary wine. The evening culminated with an exciting Blue Sky Raffle featuring incredible art and experiences.
Join us for this extraordinary evening of culinary delights.
Cocktail Attire.

$150 per person, discounts available for groups. Limited number of seats available.
To purchase tickets for more details, visit here or call 912-638-8770

 

Golden Isles Live! Presents: Cherish The Ladies: Friday, February 24th, 2017 – 7:30pm to 9:30pm

Celebrating 30 Years of Music Making. Led by Flute and Whistle Champion Joanie Madden.

With their unique spectacular blend of instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements and stunning step dancing, this powerhouse group combines all the facets of Irish culture and puts forth an immensely humorous and entertaining package. Grammy® Nominated Irish/American Supergroup.

Adult $35 per ticket. Student/Child $10 per ticket. Phone: 912 – 638 – 4111

Glynn Academy Auditorium. 1001 Mansfield St, Brunswick, GA 31520

 

bark_for_life_1Pup Crawl Bark For Life Kickoff: Saturday, February 25th, 2017 – 11:00am to 2:00pm

The American Cancer Society Bark For Life is a noncompetitive walk event for dogs and their owners to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society’s fight against cancer.

By supporting Bark For Life, you help the American Cancer Society save lives, and that helps us move closer to our ultimate goal of a world with less cancer and more birthdays.

So bring your best canine friend and join us for a fun-filled day starting with a walk, and then continuing with demonstrations, contests, and games. The event takes place Saturday, February 25 from 11am-2pm. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the event. The pup crawl begins at Island Dog (410 Mallery Street) with registration taking place from 10:15-11:30am.

Pier Village merchants will be offering special tastings, treats and discounts during the event. The closing ceremony will take place at 2:00pm at Mellow Mushroom. Prizes from Pier Village merchants will be awarded.

Tickets to the event may be purchased at Island Dog, Pet Supplies Plus, Troy University & Rich Products. 912-264-9268

 

Prime Rib DinnerPrime Rib Dinner at ECHO: Every Friday – 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Come try our specialty prime rib on Friday nights. It comes as part of a fabulous three-course meal with a salad, entree, and dessert. You will not leave hungry. For more information, click here. To make reservations call 912-268-5967.

 

brunchSunday Brunch at ECHO: Every Sunday- 11: 30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
You can’t come often enough to our a la carte brunch with oceanside view because the menu is always changing! Come to our Sunday Brunch to try our new recipes and enjoy the beautiful sea in the early afternoon.
You can enjoy it even more with the Unlimited Bloody Mary Bar or Bottomless Mimosas for $15 with the purchase of a breakfast sandwich or entree (alcoholic beverage cannot be served before 12:30 p.m.). For more information, click here.

 

Plan Your Next Meeting on St Simons Island, Georgia

January 17th, 2017
Sunset on St. Simons Island, GA

Sunset on St. Simons Island, GA

Let us Introduce You to The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort

We are an oceanfront icon on St. Simons Island, Georgia. Reviews from guests and meeting planners have

earned the resort TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence for six consecutive years.

 

The King and Prince Today

Guests enjoy the comfort of our atrium lobby, with an ocean view living area and coastal furnishings. The

finest coastal cuisine is available for breakfast, lunch, dinner, happy hour and more at ECHO, the island’s

only oceanfront restaurant and bar. ECHO salutes St. Simons Island’s naval history during World War II,

a theme which resonates through the architecture and décor. The ocean view bar offers an extensive

wine list, handcrafted cocktails, and a casual and friendly ambiance…perfect for gathering after a day of

meetings.

 

Meeting Space

The King and Prince has always been known for its oceanfront event spaces. The property

accommodates groups of up to 270 for a banquet, 300 in a theatre style, and 220 in a classroom set.

Outdoor receptions on the Oceanfront Lawn are popular on group itineraries. The most remarkable

feature of the Lanier Ballroom renovation is the wrap-around pre-function area, which increased space for

coffee breaks, receptions, and trade shows. Meeting attendees are always impressed with the stunning

panoramic ocean view from the Retreat Room. The Delegal Room, with its 13 stained glass windows and

panoramic ocean views, is also suitable for meetings, banquets, and receptions.

Our staff’s true southern hospitality is what sets us apart. Meeting planners have commented that the

resort’s team of catering professionals makes planning and executing meetings here a smart choice.

 

Accommodations & Amenities

The resort offers a broad array of accommodations in a variety of settings, sizes and décor with 78%

offering picturesque views of the Atlantic Ocean. The resort’s three oceanfront pools and spacious sun

deck are surrounded by plentiful lounge chairs and umbrellas, in a tropical setting. The Royal Treatment

Cottage offers rejuvenating massage therapies. The King and Prince Golf Course offers a challenging

layout with ancient forests, vast salt marshes and dramatic island holes. Offsite, attendees may enjoy

excursions and recreation options on their own, or planners can work with the resort’s catering

professionals to customize group or team-building events.

St. Simons Island was recently awarded America’s Favorite Beach Town by Travel+Leisure, one of the

Top 10 Islands in the U.S. by Conde Nast Traveler, and one of America’s Happiest Seaside Towns by

Coastal Living. Attendees may enjoy tours, water sports, and many more recreational pursuits – on their

own or as a group. For an extensive list of awards check out this page.

 

Noteworthy Information

 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence, six consecutive years

 Seating groups up to 270 banquet style; 300 theatre style; 220 classroom style

 ECHO restaurant and bar, featuring indoor/outdoor oceanfront dining

 Five outdoor swimming pools, massage therapies and The King and Prince Golf Course

 Complimentary Wi-Fi and self-parking; no resort fee

 

Getting Here

The resort is located on St. Simons Island, Georgia. 20 minutes from I-95. Major airports

include: Brunswick Golden Isles Airport (BQK); Jacksonville International Airport (JAX) in Florida, one

hour south; and Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport (SAV) one hour north. Exact directions can be found here.

 

Recommendations from Other Planners

“This was by far the best and most seamlessly run event I have ever planned and executed – all due to the amazing

leadership, professionalism and consideration by each and every employee that I encountered.”

For more real quotes, visit these review blogs from meetings & event planners- July 2016 and January 2016.

 

The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort
201 Arnold Road
St. Simons Island, GA 31522
800-342- 0212
kingandprince.com

 

7 Winning Wedding Trends for 2017

January 11th, 2017

First Looks.

We all love to watch the Groom’s face when the Bride walks down the aisle. However, these days  it’s more likely that he’s already seen her. Nowadays more couples are choosing to see each other before the ceremony. Sharing this intimate moment with just themselves and the photographer has become a trend. In addition to saving a special moment for the happy couple only on such a hectic day, they’re also eliminating an extensive photo shoot during their reception. This way, they can enjoy more of the special time with their friends and family.

First Look- photo courtesy of Bobbi Brinkman Photography

First Look- photo courtesy of Bobbi Brinkman Photography

 

Double Duty Dresses.

2 looks, 1 price tag. Brides can have their cake and eat it too when it comes to their dresses. Rock a princess-esque gown for your ceremony then remove the skirt and voila, you’ve got a form fitting cocktail dress perfect for a magical night of dancing!

 

Domestic Destination Weddings.

Couples love combining their special day with a trip they’ve been itching to take. Regardless of whether or not the location is a place they’ve never been or a destination that’s special to them, it’s all about the getaway. Everybody gets to take a vacation, and not leaving the country means no last minute passports required! Bonus appeal, 1) nobody has to have out-of-towners staying with them and 2) the destination staff handles the cleanup. (Pssst, The King and Prince Resort is a fantastic domestic destination wedding venue!)

Domestic Destination- photo courtesy of Ben Finch Photography

Domestic Destination- photo courtesy of Ben Finch Photography

 

Gifts that keep giving.

The average marrying age is increasing. This means couples are needing less and less home items. How many food processors does one couple really need? When 2 adults with 2 full houses wed, the registry is minimized. It’s less about the tangible items and more about the gift of experience. More couples that pay for the wedding themselves are opting to ‘Re-Stock the Piggy Bank’. Some let their guests know about their Honeymoon Fund where you can contribute to their getaway or “gift” the couple an excursion and/or amenity they’ve pre-selected for their Honeymoon Wish List. When neither of these are necessary, or a couple is feeling extra charitable, they ask guests for donations to their favorite charities in lieu of traditional wedding gifts.

 

Party Games.

We awwwwed. We cried. We ate. We danced. We Jenga’ed? Think outside the box with some entertainment for guests of all ages. What better way to entertain kids (and adults) than by having extra fun games like Giant Jenga. Or even pinatas filled with sweet treats. Fun is fun and fun is good!

Giant Jenga- photo courtesy Brannon Photography

Giant Jenga- photo courtesy of Brannon Photography

 

It’s more than just a hashtag.

Couples are taking modern technology up a notch and incorporating extras such as geofilters for Snapchat. But in a world of new technology, sometimes it’s fun to throwback to the retro days! On YOUR big day, swap selfie sticks for Polaroid cameas! You’d be surprised at how your pics turn out with just one snap. Shake your photo before you shake it on the dance floor!

Polaroid Snapshot- photo courtesy of @wahwah13

Polaroid Snapshot- photo courtesy of @wahwah13

 

Extra Sweetness.

Wedding cakes will always be a crucial and delectable highlight of the Main Event. But some couples are cookie people. Or share an affection for cheesecake. Or just wholly into doughnuts. If you’re wanting to get creative with desserts, this is prime time for the happy couple to satisfy a sweet tooth and savor every moment of the Big Day.

Doughnut Tower- photo courtesy of Chris Moncus Photography

Doughnut Tower- photo courtesy of Chris Moncus Photography

 

 

 

January 2017 Events in the Golden Isles

December 30th, 2016

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Glynn Visual Arts Presents “Spatial Concepts”: Tuesday 3rd to Tuesday 31st, January 2017

Three-dimensional (3-D) art is observed in terms of its height, width, and depth. Conceptual art is art in which concepts or ideas are communicated through unique and often metaphorical use of time, space, materials, and imagery, inviting the viewer to do more than just take the casual, off-handed glance. It invites viewers to think and ask questions. What is the artist attempting to communicate? Why this material, why this juxtaposition, why this size, why this image, why this color…? In this new exhibition at Glynn Visual Arts, the 3-D work of Jim Jones will make you think.

Local artist Jim Jones is both a dedicated conservator and a lifelong hunter-gatherer. Jones’ sculptural efforts focus upon the darker side of nature, in which evolutionary fact sometimes becomes mixed with anthropomorphic allusion, in a cornucopia of life forms gone wrong. An uncomfortable relationship between man and beast and suggestions of man’s beastly behavior suffuse these works with an intrinsic strength of expression that is, at times, too close for comfort. Shadows sometimes suggested in Jones’ paintings become real as life in the three dimensions of his sculptural works. http://www.jimjonesart.com/ Phone: 912-638-8770

 

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First Friday in Historic Downtown Brunswick: Friday, January 6th, 2017 – 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Visit the shops, galleries, and restaurants of Historic Downtown Brunswick. Enjoy live music from local musicians, art openings, and food and beverage samples from 5:00pm – 8:00pm.

 

neptune_park_fun_zone_web_size5th Annual Polar Bear Plunge: Saturday, January 7th, 2017 – 11:30am to 1:00pm

The 5th Annual Polar Plunge is for anyone brave enough to take a refreshing dip in the chilly waters of the Neptune Fun Zone Pool. The plunge will be at 12:00 noon on January 7. The gates will open at 11:30 a.m. and admission is FREE!!! There will be hot chocolate for anyone brave enough to dive in. Phone: 912-279-2836

 

kandp_echo_moonrising_8x4-875_3-1-datelessMoonrise Party at ECHO: Wednesday 11th to Friday 13th, January 2017

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 for three evenings, while the moon rises over the horizon and glistens on the ocean. Phone: 912-268-5967

 

cannons_point_ruins_webCannon’s Point History Tours: Friday, January 13th, 2017 – 9:30am to 12:30pm

The Coastal Georgia Historical Society, in conjunction with the St. Simons Land Trust, will offer in-depth history tours of Cannon’s Point Preserve on January 13. Archaeology consultant Myrna Crook will provide detailed interpretation of this historic site, including the John Couper family and life at Cannon’s Point during the plantation period. Tour groups will meet at the A.W. Jones Heritage Center at 9:30 a.m. and will return at 12:30 p.m. The tour is $65 per person. Visit saintsimonslighthouse.org to register, or call 912-634-7090 for assistance.

 

tug_a_war8th Annual Pull for a Kid Tug O’War: Saturday, January 14th, 2017 – 10:30am to 12:30pm

Send a local Child in Need to Summer Day Camp. It costs about $750 per child for 10 weeks of Summer Break. The non-profit Pull for a Kid organization (established by a philanthropic group of former rugby players) sends almost 40 kids to camp every summer with the money raised from the Pull for a Kid Tug O’War family-friendly fun competition. Help them send even more this year! Grab your friends, family or coworkers to put together a 5 member team and come PULL! Divisions: Women, Men, High School, Coed. $100 entry donation per team.

If you don’t feel up to showing off your brawn, just come out and cheer everyone on, because the REAL winners here are the kids! This is a great community event!

 

sslt_oyster_roast2017St. Simons Land Trust Oyster Roast: Saturday, January 14th, 2017 – 5:00pm to 8:00pm

The annual St. Simons Land Trust Oyster Roast is on the calendar for Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Gascoigne Bluff. Now in its 17th year, the oyster roast continues the tradition of highlighting the talents of local chefs, who prepare and donate Southern favorites such as Low Country Boil, barbecue, and oysters, plus sides and desserts. Making it all happen will be more than 130 donors and volunteers, under the direction of event chair Judie Mattie.

Again this year, folk singer and acoustic guitarist Owen Plant will perform onstage under the majestic live oaks. “The oyster roast is a celebration of the Land Trust’s conservation work,” says David Pope, executive director of the St. Simons Land Trust. “After Hurricane Matthew, we all have an even greater appreciation for the need to preserve and protect the natural and scenic character of St. Simons.”

Tickets are $75 each. The price for members, through Jan. 6, is just $50. Non-members who wish to join can do so online here. For information about tickets or membership, call 912-638-9109.

 

The Literary Guild presents Bridge of Spies: Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 – 7:00pm to 9:30pm

The Literary Guild of St. Simons Island Film Series presents Bridge of Spies. USA, 2015, directed by Steven Spielberg.

In the cold war, a lawyer, James B. Donovan (Tom Hanks) is recruited by the CIA and involved in an intense negotiation mission to release and exchange a CIA U-2 spy-plane pilot, Francis G. Powers. The pilot was arrested after his plane was shot down by the Soviet Union during a mission and stays in the company of a KGB intelligence officer, Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance, who earned an Academy Award for his portrayal), who was arrested for espionage in the US. 144 minutes; Rated PG 13. They are free and open to all, although a $3.00 donation is suggested to offset film and theatre rental fees. Phone: 912-289-7357

Coffee with the Author Mary Ellen Donavan Fuller: Thursday, January 19th, 2017 – 7:00pm to 9:00pm

The Literary Guild of St. Simons Island’s “Coffee with the Author” series presents Mary Ellen Donovan Fuller talking about Strangers on the Bridge. You’ve seen the film, now hear about the book that was the basis for the movie. Strangers on the Bridge was written by James B. Donovan in 1967. Ms. Fuller, his daughter, will discuss the book, talk about her father’s legacy and what it was like to live the real story. At the Casino Building in room 108. Free to Literary Guild members. $10 for guests. Reservations recommended: click here.

 

header02revAtwater Donnelly in Concert: Friday, January 20th, 2017 – 8:00pm to 9:30pm

Award winning, internationally acclaimed duo, Aubrey Atwater and Elwood Donnelly return to the Ritz to present an evening of traditional American folk songs and percussive dance. Phone: 912-262-6934

 

wine_women_and_shoes_0Wine, Women & Shoes: Saturday, January 21st, 2017 – 11:00am to 3:00pm

Sip delicious wines – Shop designer fashions – Savor a delicious lunch – Bid on incredible auction lots – Enter the Best in Shoe contest – Have a chance to win your dream closet – Mingle with charming Shoe Guys & MORE! Benefiting Hospice of the Golden Isles

Coffee with the Author Maggie Toussaint: Thursday, January 26th, 2017 – 10:30am to 12:30pm

The Literary Guild of St. Simons Island’s “Coffee with the Author” series presents Maggie Toussaint. Whether it’s the puzzle of a relationship or a who-dun-it, she tackles them all with aplomb and wonder. Maggie writes cozy mystery and romantic suspense under her own name, and science fiction under the pen name of Rigel Carson. She is a member of Washington Romance Writers, First Coast Romance Writers, Southeast Mystery Writers of America, and Low Country Sisters in Crime.

Room 108, Casino Building. Free to Literary Guild members. $10 for guests. Phone: 912-289-7357. Reservations recommended: click here.

 

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Tosca performed by Peach State Opera: Sunday, January 29th, 2017 – 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Giacomo Puccini’s melodrama about a volatile diva, a sadistic police chief, and an idealistic artist has offended and thrilled audiences for more than a century. Performed by Peach State Opera, Georgia’s only touring opera company, the show is a condensed version sung in English. Phone: 912-262-6934

 

brunchSunday Brunch at ECHO: Every Sunday- 11: 30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
You can’t come often enough to our a la carte brunch with oceanside view because the menu is always changing! Come to our Sunday Brunch to try our new recipes and enjoy the beautiful sea in the early afternoon.
You can enjoy it even more with the Unlimited Bloody Mary Bar or Bottomless Mimosas for $15 with the purchase of a breakfast sandwich or entree (alcoholic beverages cannot be served before 12:30 p.m.).

 

 

St Simons Island Christmas Events + More

December 2nd, 2016

It’s that magical time of the year again, filled with twinkly lights, shiny bows, Christmas cookies, and all around togetherness! Whether you’re already feeling the cheer, or not, there’s tons of things happening around the Golden Isles to help get you into the Christmas spirit. Load up the kids, call a few friends, or fix a coffee and fly solo, just be sure to check out some of these activities to get you feeling merry & bright!

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Lighthouse Trolley’s Christmas Tour of Lights

Must Do:

 

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Ritz Radio Theatre presents It’s A Wonderful Life

Must See:

 

Gift Shot, The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort.  201 Arnold Road, St. SImons Island, GA  31522.

Resort Gift Shop, The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort.  201 Arnold Road, St. Simons Island, GA 31522

Must Shop:

Must Eat:

*For a full list of events happening in December, check out our calendar or our December Events Blog.

December 2016 Events in the Golden Isles

November 29th, 2016

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Tacky Sweater Party at ECHO: December 1st, 2016

Come enjoy our 1st Tacky Sweater Party of the Season where 1 lucky winner will be leaving with a $50 Gift Certificate! Live music with Donnie & Josh Nunn will be happening from 6-9 p.m. along with drink specials. Call 912-268-5967 for more info. Our next Tacky Sweater Party will be December 22.

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Southern Grown Concert Series: Marshall Tucker Band: December 1st, 2016

The Southern Grown Concert Series presents The Marshall Tucker Band in concert at Rainbow Island Thursday, December 1 at 7 p.m.

In the early fall of 1973 The Marshall Tucker Band was still a young and hungry group out to prove themselves every time they hit the stage. The band’s recent release of their Live! From Englishtown album is a time capsule from that period. “We were a bunch of young guys who didn’t know any boundaries” says founding member and longtime lead singer Doug Gray.

Today the band records on its own RAMBLIN’ RECORDS Label (distributed by Sony / RED) and continues to release new and previously unreleased material. For their most recent release, the band dug into the vault and emerged with the original live recordings from its biggest show to date. The new Live! From Englishtown album was originally performed in 1977 and reportedly drew more than 150,000 fans. Still led today by founding member and lead singer Doug Gray, they represent a time and place in music that will never be duplicated.

Tickets can be purchased at www.siconcertseries.com.

Cannon's Point History ToursCannon’s Point History Tours: December 2nd, 2016

The Coastal Georgia Historical Society, in conjunction with the St. Simons Land Trust, will offer in-depth history tours of Cannon’s Point Preserve on November 18 and December 2. Archaeology consultant Myrna Crook will provide detailed interpretation of this historic site, including the John Couper family and life at Cannon’s Point during the plantation period. Tour groups will meet at the A.W. Jones Heritage Center at 9:30 a.m. and will return at 12:30 p.m. The tour is $65 per person. Visit saintsimonslighthouse.org to register, or call 912-634-7090 for assistance.

First Friday in Historic Downtown BrunswickFirst Friday in Historic Downtown Brunswick: December 2nd, 2016

Visit the shops, galleries, and restaurants of Historic Downtown Brunswick. Enjoy live music from local musicians, art openings, and food and beverage samples from 5:00pm – 8:00pm.

Christmas at Hofwyl-Broadfield PlantationChristmas at Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation: December 2nd to 3rd, 2016

36th Annual Hofwyl Plantation Christmas

Friday, December 2, 2016 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Saturday, December 3, 2016 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Admission: $10.00 Adults and Seniors $5.00 Youth (6-17)

This magical experience will demonstrate how Christmas was celebrated on a Southern rice plantation during the 1850s. Take a candlelit stroll down the old carriage road and enjoy candlelit tours of an antebellum plantation house. There will be hot wassail and cookies, Civil War reenactors, Christmas carols and a special appearance by Santa Claus.

There will also be Santa taking requests from children of all ages. Cannon and rifle demonstrations will be at intervals through the night. Come and enjoy an antebellum Christmas.

American Cancer Society Victory Board presents Merry MoviesAmerican Cancer Society Victory Board presents Merry Movies: December 3rd, 2016

Come let the kids enjoy a movie in their PJs with Santa! This year we will be showing Polar Express and How the Grinch Stole Christmas! $10 admission per person. Get there early to have your kids’ picture taken with Santa! Phone: 912-355-1378

3rd Annual Ophelia's Classic Car Challenge3rd Annual Ophelia’s Classic Car Challenge: December 3rd, 2016

Come out to Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation for Ophelia’s Classic Car Challenge. Classic cars from all over southeast Georgia will be on hand all day vying for the championship in the 3rd annual car show. Come and view the cars, vote for your favorite and then tour a historic rice plantation. Presented by Friends of Hofwyl and Classic Coastal Cruisers automobile club. If you would like to enter your car there is a $20.00 registration fee. Call for more information.

Admission: $8 for adults; $7 for seniors; $5 for youth; $20 to enter your car

7th annual Christmas Tour of Homes7th annual Christmas Tour of Homes: December 3rd, 2016

Magnolia Garden Club will host it’s 7th annual Christmas Tour of Homes in beautiful downtown Brunswick, Georgia. Tour beautiful Victorian Homes and Gardens decorated for the holidays, and don’t miss our bake sale at Advent Christian Church, 1812 Ellis Street, where you will find lots of tasty homemade treats.  912-996-0663

Tour: Saturday, December 3, 2016 from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm and starts at Advent Christian Church, 1812 Ellis Street, Brunswick, GA.

Cost: $25.00 in advance/$30.00 day of tour

Ticket locations:
Color Me Happy 1426 Newcastle Street Brunswick, GA
Merle Norman Cosmetics and Day Spa 250 Golden Isles Plaza, Brunswick, GA
Carlyle Chiropractic Clinic 207 Edwards Plaza St. Simons Island, GA
G. J. Ford Book Shop 600 Sea Island Road #6, St. Simons Island, GA
Beachview Books 215 Mallory Street, St. Simons Island, GA

1812 Ellis Street, Brunswick , GA 31520

Golden Isles Mistletoe MarketMistletoe Market: December 3rd to 4th, 2016

Glynn Visual Arts is happy to announce its sixth annual Mistletoe Market. This fine art & gift market has become a mainstay of the Golden Isles’ holiday festivities. “This year, we expect over 60 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.” says festival director Hannah Roberts. “This show combines fine art, fabulous gifts, great food, entertainment & family fun in a festive Island holiday atmosphere. It is the perfect opportunity for residents and visitors alike to find that one-of-a-kind purchase or gift for the holiday season. As an added bonus, when you buy something handmade, purchased directly from the artist, you are supporting small business and the local community.” 912-638-8770

Hours:
Saturday, December 3 (10:00am – 5:00pm)
Sunday, December 4 (10:00am – 4:00pm)

For more information on this year’s festivities, please email: festivals@glynnvisualarts.org

Holiday-Themed Family Entertainment and Activities:
Santa’s arrival: Get your wish list ready. Santa Claus is coming to town!
Holiday Hound Hike: Dog lover? Don’t miss our local pooches (and sometimes potbellied pigs!) all dressed up in their holiday best & putting on a parade to celebrate the season.
Just for the kids: The Kid’s Creation Station celebrates the smallest artists with free holiday themed craft activities.
Entertainment: Live music from some of our favorite local celebrities!
Yarn Bombing: For the second year our local knitters will be turning Postell Park into its own work of art! Throughout the year they have been working away & will reveal their beautiful work at the opening of the festival. The colorful decorations will only remain in the park for this festival weekend.

2016 Brunswick Christmas Parade2016 Brunswick Christmas Parade: December 3rd, 2016

This annual community parade takes place on the first Saturday in December. This year’s parade will be a night-time parade. Starting at 5:30 p.m. at Howard Coffin Park, 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.

Santa Claus also makes an appearance at the end of the parade and distributes free bags of candy afterwards at Mary Ross Park. Santa is joined at the park by arts and crafts vendors offering hand-made holiday gifts for sale and by the farmers offering fresh fruit and produce at the Brunswick Farmers Market.

For information on entering a float, vehicle, walking or marching unit in the parade, please contact the Downtown Development Authority at 912-265-4032.

Christmas Boat Parade of LightsChristmas Boat Parade of Lights: December 3rd, 2016

Get your Christmas Spirit on and join the Golden Isles Sailing Club’s Christmas Boat Parade to welcome the holiday season. Set for Saturday, December 3. The parade will start at Brunswick Landing Marina and travel towards the Sidney Lanier Bridge and back.

Golden Isles Ballet Company presents The NutcrackerGolden Isles Ballet Company presents The Nutcracker: December 9th to 11th, 2016

The Golden Isles Ballet 2016 production of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker premieres December 9-11 at The Brunswick High Auditorium. This community event will feature the most famous ballet dancers alongside our local talent. Stars include Jorge Barani, Meisy Garcia Lafitte. 912-289-2120

Show times: Friday at 7pm, Saturday at 2pm and 7pm, Sunday at 2pm.
For tickets, visit goldenislesballet.com or call 912-289-2120.
Tickets: Advance – Students $15, Adults $20. At the door – $25.

3885 Altama Avenue, Brunswick, GA 31520

Ritz Radio Theatre Presents It's a Wonderful LifeRitz Radio Theatre Presents It’s a Wonderful Life: December 9th to 18th, 2016

Golden Isles Arts & Humanities is bringing back the popular Ritz Radio Theatre production of It’s A Wonderful Life for the holiday season. Perfect for all ages, the performance will be presented December 9-18, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 3 pm.

The Ritz Radio Theatre productions are just like they would have been done in the 1940s as live radio broadcasts—in front of a live audience, with period costumes, sound effects and even commercials. “It’s a fun and interactive performance,” says Heather Heath, Executive Director, Golden Isles Arts and Humanities. “The audience is part of the broadcast as their reactions and applause are integral to the show. And getting to see the actors ‘become’ their characters and watch how the sounds are created is very entertaining.”

It’s a Wonderful Life is the beloved tale of a guardian angel named Clarence who helps a despairing businessman by showing him what life would have been like if he had never existed. Local radio personality Scott Ryfun takes on the role of George Bailey with some familiar and some new faces joining the cast this year. Scott Akins, Jeff Dempsey, Geoff Matthews, Emmeline Griffith, and Jacqueline Marchbanks join regulars Peggy Shanahan, Kelly Hunter, Lisa Jinkins, Christina Johns, Joan Scheetz, Bryan Thompson, Fred Griffith and Jim Jinkins (as Clarence Oddbody, Angel Second Class) in the lively and fun adaptation of the beloved film.

The Ritz Radio Theatre productions are sponsored in part by Ned Cash Jewelers and local radio station 1440 WGIG and presented by Golden Isles Arts & Humanities. Advance tickets for Golden Isles Arts & Humanities members are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors (age 65 and up). Advance tickets for nonmembers are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors. Day of show tickets for members are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors while the cost for nonmembers is $25 for adults and $20 for seniors. The cost for students (with ID) is always $5 each. To purchase advance tickets, visit www.goldenislesarts.org, or the Ritz Theatre box office, 1530 Newcastle St., Tuesdays-Fridays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. For more information, call (912) 262-6934.

 

The Farmers Market at Sea IslandThe Farmers Market at Sea Island: December 10th, 2016

Support southern vendors at the Southern Grown Farmers Market. Enjoy live music, fresh produce, samples, and southern products at this family-friendly event. This event is open to the public and held at The Market at Sea Island, 351 Sea Island Road, St. Simons Island, GA.

Southern Grown Food, Drink and Music Festival is held annually at Sea Island and celebrates all things southern. For more information, please visit www.southerngrown.com.

Food + Spirits Festival After Matth PartySt. Simons Island Food + Spirits Festival After Matth Party: December 10th, 2016

Join us in Gascoigne Bluff on December 10th. Featuring the Elegant Island Living VIP Lounge with early event access at 11 am. Enjoy music, VIP celebrity meet & greets, private bar and fully catered food offerings! The main event with expanded Tasting Tents, takes place from 12 – 3 pm with a wide variety of gourmet and beverage tastings, local artistry and family fun – all under the canopy of oaks and Spanish moss. You won’t want to miss the final rounds of the chefs competing in the Chefs Showdown!

Also featured will be the brand NEW Coastal Stir Cocktail Competition, presented by Atlanta Magazine, taking place throughout the event – you get to decide the best festival cocktail winner in this people’s choice competition!

The free Artisan and Farmers Market will open at 11 am, with arts, crafts, farmer’s stands, and the best offerings from local retailers and artisans, all happening just outside the tasting tents.

More info & tickets http://www.ssifoodandspirits.com/

Pier Village Holiday Market at Postell ParkPier Village Holiday Market at Postell Park: December 10th to 11th, 2016

Explore unique arts and crafts such as painting, pottery, jewelry, garden art and more at the Pier Village Holiday Market at Postell Park on St. Simons Island. 912-262-0628. Show is from 10:00-5:00pm on all days.

Southern Dance Theatre presents The GrinchSouthern Dance Theatre presents The Grinch: December 10th to 11th, 2016

Southern Dance Theatre presents The Grinch at the Glynn Academy Auditorium

Saturday, December 10 at 2:00 and 6:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 11, at 2:00 p.m.

This holiday production has become a Golden Isles favorite. So many dancers participate and the costumes are simply fabulous. It’s a fun show that the whole family can enjoy. Come out to see talented young dancers and celebrate the Christmas spirit. You might just find your own heart growing three sizes!

Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door.

You can get your tickets at Jill Stanford Dance Center studios, South Coast Bank and Trust on St. Simons Island, or online at jillstanforddancecenter.com.

1001 Mansfield St., Brunswick, GA 31520

Moonrise Oceanfront at ECHOMoonrise Oceanfront at ECHO: December 12th to 14th, 2016

Make plans to appreciate Month 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 for three evenings. While the moon rises over the horizon and glistens on the ocean.

Lighthouse Trolley Island Tour of LightsLighthouse Trolley Island Tour of Lights: December 14th to 27th, 2016

The Fendig Family invites to you to board up with us on our trolleys and buses and come out to tour the Christmas Lights of St. Simons Island, Georgia. 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! So much fun!! 912-399-5007

December 14th-December 27th* $20 Adults $10 Child (12 & under)
Departs 7:00 PM & 7:30 PM Private Bookings Accepted
Surprise Stop with Santa Claus!
Tours are 90 minutes long
Food, drinks, BYOB allowed on board
Evening temperatures vary, bring coats and blankets on cold night
Reservations Required All major credit cards accepted.

Holly Jolly Jekyll ParadeHolly Jolly Jekyll Parade: December 17th, 2016

Santa has his sleigh, and Jekyll Island has golf carts! Join in the fun of the festive Holly Jolly Jekyll Parade, where golf carts don their Christmas best and jingle all the way to Beach Village.

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Tacky Sweater Party at ECHO: December 22nd, 2016

Come enjoy our last Tacky Sweater Party of the Season, where 1 lucky winner will be leaving with a $50 Gift Certificate! Live music with Donnie & Josh Nunn will be happening from 6-9 p.m. along with drink specials. Call 912-268-5967 for more info or reservations.

Christmas Buffet at ECHOChristmas Buffet at ECHO: December 25th, 2016

This year’s Christmas Buffet is from 11am-3pm. Adults $69; Children ages 6-12 $25; Children 5 and under no charge
Prices include Coffee, Decaf, Hot Tea, and Iced Tea. Regular Sunday Brunch will NOT be available on Christmas Day. Bottomless Mimosas and Unlimited Bloody Marys will be available from 12:30-3:00 p.m. for an additional $15. Reservations Required – call 912-268-5967. Click here for the full menu.

41st Annual New Year's Bluegrass Festival41st Annual New Year’s Bluegrass Festival: December 29th to 31st, 2016

Come experience what is becoming a Jekyll Island tradition, the New Year’s Bluegrass Festival. Take part in this 3 day event and hear some of the biggest names in bluegrass perform live at the Jekyll Island Convention Center. 706-864-7203. For details, visit here.

Prime Rib Dinner St. Simons Island

Prime Rib Dinner at ECHO: Every Friday – 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Come try our specialty prime rib on Friday nights. It comes as part of a fabulous three-course meal with a salad, entree, and dessert. You will not leave hungry. For more information, click here.
Sunday Brunch St. Simons Island

Sunday Brunch at ECHO: Every Sunday- 11: 30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
You can’t come often enough to our a la carte brunch with oceanside view because the menu is always changing! Come to our Sunday Brunch to try our new recipes and enjoy the beautiful sea in the early afternoon.
You can enjoy it even more with the Unlimited Bloody Mary Bar or Bottomless Mimosas for $15 with the purchase of a breakfast sandwich or entree (alcoholic beverage cannot be served before 12:30 p.m.). For more information, click here. Regular Sunday Brunch will NOT be available on Christmas Day. Bottomless Mimosas and Unlimited Bloody Marys will be available with our Christmas Day Buffet from 12:30-3:00 p.m. for an additional $15. Reservations for Christmas Buffet are Required – call 912-268-5967. Click here for the full menu.

Dianne & Warren: June Wedding on St Simons Island

November 16th, 2016

Dianne & Warren exchanged vows in a beautiful oceanfront ceremony at The King and Prince Resort on St Simons Island, Georgia. Surrounded by sunshine and smiles, their “I Do’s” were followed by a reception in the Resort’s Delegal Room with pops of orange and LOTS of dancing. Here’s a peek into their special day:

Photos courtesy of Ben Finch Photography
Cake: Serendipity
Music: MYDE Enterprises
Florist: A Courtyard Florist

St Simons Island Wedding Photos

Oceanfront Wedding Ceremony

Cutting the Cake

Wedding Details

Wedding Couple at The King and Prince Resort

Wedding at The King and Prince

Wedding Buffet at The King and Prince

Wedding Ceremony St Simons Island

Wedding Reception Toasts

Wedding Reception Dancing

November 2016 Events in the Golden Isles

October 28th, 2016

Prime Rib Dinner

Prime Rib Dinner at ECHO: Every Friday – 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Come try our specialty prime rib on Friday nights. It comes as part of a fabulous three-course meal with a salad, entree, and dessert. You will not leave hungry. For more information, click here.
Sunday Brunch St. Simons Island

Sunday Brunch at ECHO: Every Sunday- 11: 30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
You can’t come often enough to our a la carte brunch with oceanside view because the menu is always changing! Come to our Sunday Brunch to try our new recipes and enjoy the beautiful sea in the early afternoon.
You can enjoy it even more with the Unlimited Bloody Mary Bar or Bottomless Mimosas for $15 with the purchase of a breakfast sandwich or entree (alcoholic beverage cannot be served before 12:30 p.m.). For more information, click here.

Georgia Artists with DisAbilitiesGeorgia Artists with DisAbilities Exhibit in the Ritz Theatre Gallery: 
October 1st to November 23rd, 2016

The Georgia Artists with DisAbilities Exhibit features 49 entries that include paintings, photographs, clay pottery, textiles and other mediums. The eight-city tour is kicking off in Brunswick this year and will travel the state though July 2017. Local artist Risa Rambo of St. Simons Island received an Honorable Mention and her “Smocked Dress” will be on display. “There is something very special about this exhibit,” says Heather. “The artwork is phenomenal – I think I have bought a piece of art every time we have had the exhibit at the Ritz. And this year, we are the first stop on the tour – more to choose from! I encourage everyone to come see the work for themselves.”

Stop by the Historic Ritz Theatre on Friday, October 21, 2016 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and celebrate with Golden Isles Arts & Humanities. The exhibit will be up through November 23rd, so patrons can visit the gallery during its regular hours Tuesday – Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by appointment. For more information visit www.goldenislesarts.org or call 912-262-6934.
Glenn Visual Arts - 100 YearsGlynn Visual Arts Presents “100 Art Works Celebrating 100 Years”: October 10th to November 21st, 2016

Glynn Visual Arts (GVA) is proud to present a new art exhibition celebrating the 100th anniversary/centennial of our National Parks Service. GVA has partnered with Fort Frederica and will be presenting over 100 works by local artists celebrating the beauty, history and uniqueness of our own National Park, Fort Frederica. The exhibition will include art work in various mediums including painting, pottery, photography and more. It runs from October 10th – November 21st at both GVA galleries, 106 Island Drive (main) and in the Welcome/Visitors Center at 529 Beachview Drive. All art work will be for sale through Glynn Visual Arts. The opening reception will take place at GVA’s main facility at 106 Island Drive on Thursday, October 13th from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Red Fox Oil PaintingArtTrends Gallery Presents “Colors of Life”: October 10th to November 26th, 2016

Award winning artist, Carol Jo Smidt, is pleased to be presenting her artwork series “Colors of Life” at the ArtTrends Gallery. Carol’s paintings are representative of ordinary subjects through the use of extraordinary colors. She lives and creates her art in Woodbine, Georgia. She has been drawing since the age of 4 when her favorite subjects were horses. Carol also attended the St Paul School of Art, graduated from Iowa State University, and attended graduate school at Savannah College of Art and Design.

ArtTrends is open Tuesday – Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 912-268-4761
First Friday in BrunswickFirst Friday in Historic Downtown Brunswick: November 4th, 2016

Visit the shops, galleries, and restaurants of Historic Downtown Brunswick. Enjoy live music from local musicians, art openings, and food and beverage samples from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Golden Isles Live - Alina KiryayevaGolden Isles Live! Presents: Alina Kiryayeva: November 4th, 2016

Golden Isles Live! Presents Alina Kiryayeva live in concert at the Glynn Academy Auditorium.

Moving Pictures – Music Program
Connects with Every Age Audience

Professional concert pianist and chamber musician, Alina is globally renowned for her powerful command of the instrument, unique interpretations and clarity of sound. She has won numerous awards and has been honored by the Ukrainian President Leonid Kravchuk with the State Award for Achievement in Arts. Brilliant light-classical music.

Adult: $35 per ticket; Student/Child: $10 per ticket

1001 Mansfield St, Brunswick, GA 31520
Brunswick StewbileeAnnual Brunswick Rockin’ Stewbilee: November 5th, 2016

Update: The Stewbilee has been rescheduled from Saturday, October 22 to Saturday, November 5. Any tickets purchased prior to the reschedule are still valid.

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 the 5k Road Race followed by the Pet Supplies Plus Pooch Parade, Live Entertainment, The Kid’s Junior Stewbee Central Fun Zone, Classic and Antique Car Show, Arts & Crafts displays and of course, sampling of the Best Brunswick Stew in the nation. Advanced tickets are $3 for kids under 6 years, $6 for adults or $4 and $9 on the day of the event. www.stewbilee.com

The motorcycle ride will begin at 9:00 a.m.
The pooch parade will begin at 10:15 a.m.
The Brunswick Stew tasting will take place from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The car show will also take place from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

St. Simons Island Antique ShowSt. Simons Island Antique Show: November 5th to 6th, 2016

Antique dealers from all over the southeast, featuring a vast array of fine and fun merchandise, including furniture, collectibles, primitives, jewelry, silver, glassware, etc.

Located under the oaks, on the grounds of the beautiful revitalized Postell Park, on Beachview Drive off Mallery Street, St. Simons Island, Ga.

In the historic Pier Village area. Close to restaurants, hotels, shopping, and beautiful St. Simons Island Beaches.

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. ALWAYS FREE ADMISSION AND PARKING!

St. Simons LighthouseCommunity Day: November 5th, 2016

On Saturday, November 5 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., the Coastal Georgia Historical Society will host its 2nd annual Community Day event. We will open our lighthouse museum free of charge and offer tours, educational crafts and activities for children and families, historic lawn games, and presentations by interpreters from Fort King George and the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution. Thank you to Zach Powell, DMD, of the Dentistry in Redfern for sponsoring this year’s event. For more information, contact Sandy Jensen at 912-634-7093 or email sjensen@saintsimonslighthouse.org

Rhythm on the RiverNovember Rhythm on the River: November 6th, 2016

Come on out to the Rhythm on the River event from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Mary Ross Waterfront Park: Bay & Gloucester Streets. This week’s event features: TBA

Bring the kids, chairs or blanket, a picnic and your favorite beverage.
Admission: FREE!

Cabaret Screening St. Simons IslandCinema Gourmet Presents Cabaret: November 10th, 2016

Enjoy a screening of Cabaret preceded by a tasting of delicious food from Chef Kate and Indigo Coastal Shanty and an insightful talk about what makes the film a “must see.”

Academy Award winning musical drama tells the story of a female club entertainer in 1930’s Berlin who romances two men while the Nazi Party rises to power around them. Starring Liza Minelli, Joel Grey, Michael York and directed by Bob Fossee. 1972. Rated PG, 2hrs 4 min.

Tickets can be purchased online or at the Ritz Theatre Tues-Fri 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or by calling 912-262-6934.

Tickets for Cinema Gourmet are $18/person for tasting, talk and film. Reservations must be made the Monday prior to the screening.

Tickets for talk & film are only $5/person and are available at the door the night of the screening.

Southern Grown Farmers MarketThe Farmers Market at Sea Island: November 12th & 26th, 2016

Support southern vendors at the Southern Grown Farmers Market. Enjoy live music, fresh produce, samples, and southern products at this family-friendly event. This event is open to the public from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m/ and held at The Market at Sea Island, 351 Sea Island Road, St. Simons Island, GA.

Southern Grown Food, Drink and Music Festival is held annually at Sea Island and celebrates all things southern. For more information, please visit www.southerngrown.com.
Moxie Craft FestMoxie Craft Fest: November 12th, 2016

Moxie Craft Fest is a group of makers committed to bringing a fresh, eclectic vibe to the Golden Isles through handmade goods crafted by local artisans. Come shop unique, hip, local vendors in a fun setting from 10:00am to 5:00pm! There is no other craft market in the area quite like us! Come enjoy the day searching for fun holiday gifts and grab a bite from one of our awesome food vendors! Look for the turquoise balloons! 704-675-6097

ECHO Restaurant - Moonrise Oceanfront eventMoonrise Oceanfront at ECHO: November 13th to 15th, 2016

Make plans to appreciate Month 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 for three evenings. While the moon rises over the horizon and glistens on the ocean. 912-268-5967

RSM Classic LogoThe RSM Classic 2016: November 14th to 20th, 2016

The 2016 event is scheduled for November 14-20 at Sea Island Golf Club on the par 70 – 7,055 yard Seaside course that TOUR players ranked as their 15th favorite course to play. In just its first five years, The RSM Classic has raised more than 4.8 million dollars for children and family charities. New last year, the tournament will now also be played on the Plantation course in addition to Seaside, due to the larger field of golfers.

Visit the website here for more information.

The RSM Classic is a PGA TOUR event played on the Seaside Course and the Plantation Course at Sea Island Golf Club on St. Simons Island, Georgia. The tournament is hosted by the Davis Love Foundation which was established by PGA TOUR pro golfer Davis Love III for the purpose of contributing to the well-being and progress of society by supporting both national and community-based programs that focus on children and their families. 912-634-3266

Meet the RSM ProsMeet the RSM Pros: November 15th, 2016

It’s coming up for a sixth straight year – St. Simons Island Rotary partners with the RSM Classic to host their Meet the RSM Pros event during tournament week – November 14th to 20th, 2016.

This year, the St. Simons Rotary Club sponsored Meet the RSM Pros event will be held on Tuesday, November 15th, at 5:00 p.m. at the Retreat Clubhouse at Island Club on St. Simons Island, GA.

This popular event features an upscale cocktail party theme, with heavy hors d’oeuvres, a lively silent auction, and the highlight – up close and personal interviews with three of the RSM Classic’s top PGA pro golfers facilitated by guest interviewer, Rich Styles host of the ESPN Radio Golf Talk Show – The Back Nine Boys! New this year, a well-known golf agent will join the interview giving unique insight into the life and challenges of a PGA pro Golfer. Guests get to enjoy a great evening including cocktail reception to meet and greet and rub elbows with RSM Classic PGA Golf Pros, all to support children’s charities in the Golden Isles.

Official sponsors of the Meet the RSM Pros event are Platinum Sponsor – Nalley Auto Brunswick, Gold Sponsor– Marsh’s Edge, and Bronze Sponsors – Sea Palms Coastal Realty, International Auto Processing, Inc. & McGinty Gordon

The RSM Classic is an official PGA Tournament event on St. Simons Island now in its 6th year. The tournament is internationally broadcasted to 200 countries for 28 hours of broadcasting November 17-20, 2016. Over 150 top PGA golfers will participate in the event. All proceeds from Meet the RSM Pros event benefit children’s charities in the Golden Isles of Georgia.

Tickets are $65 per person and include (1) complimentary Any-Day-Pass ($30 value) to the RSM Classis (Nov 14 -20). Tickets to Meet the RSM Pros may be purchased online at www.ssirotary.org. Tickets also available at the door at the Retreat Ballroom at Island Club, the night of the event. For more information contact event chair Jennifer Broadus at 912-230-4080 or Jennifer@jmbroadus.com.

100 Kings Way, St. Simons Island, GA 31522

Musical History of EnglandThe British Are Coming: Celebrating the Musical History of England: November 17th, 2016

Golden Isles Community Band Presents: The British are Coming- Celebrating the Musical History of England
Thursday, Nov 17th, 2016
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Brunswick High Auditorium; 3885 Altama Avenue, Brunswick, GA 31520
Program will include: Crown Imperial, First Suite in E-Flat, Knightsbridge March, English Folk Song Suite, Led Zeppelin on Tour, Shepherd’s Hey
Cannon's Point Preserve

 

Cannon’s Point History Tours: November 18th, 2016

The Coastal Georgia Historical Society, in conjunction with the St. Simons Land Trust, will offer in-depth history tours of Cannon’s Point Preserve on November 18 and December 2. Archaeology consultant Myrna Crook will provide detailed interpretation of this historic site, including the John Couper family and life at Cannon’s Point during the plantation period. Tour groups will meet at the A.W. Jones Heritage Center at 9:30 a.m. and will return at 12:30 p.m. The tour is $65 per person. Visit saintsimonslighthouse.org to register, or call 912-634-7090 for assistance.
Museum Store Holiday SaleMuseum Store Holiday Open House: November 19th, 2016

Bring your shopping list and join us for a Holiday Open House from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 19! Our holiday décor will be available for purchase, as well as a world of new gift merchandise. The Museum Store is located in the A.W. Jones Heritage Center, 610 Beachview Drive. For more information call 912-634-7099.
Cole SwindellThe RSM Classic Concert Featuring Cole Swindell: November 19th, 2016

America’s fast-rising country star Cole Swindell will be taking the stage on Saturday, November 19th at McKinnon/St. Simons Island Airport! Since The RSM Classic Concert Event sponsored by Southeast Georgia Health System began in 2011, it has showcased some of the most recognizable names in the music industry including country music superstars Martina McBride, Darius Rucker, Toby Keith, and Gary Allan. A limited number of tickets are sold each year to this popular event, so be sure to get yours today!

The Davis Love Foundation will bring rising country superstar Cole Swindell to the Golden Isles to perform live at The RSM Classic, an Official PGA TOUR Event, sponsored by RSM US LLP, the leading U.S. provider of audit, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market. Singer/songwriter Matt Rogers will open for rising country superstar Cole Swindell. The concert, presented by Southeast Georgia Health System, will take place on Saturday, November 19th at 7pm at McKinnon St. Simons Island Airport.

“Being from Georgia, going to college here, and loving golf, I couldn’t be more excited to be performing at this event,” said Swindell. “It’s such a cool venue and for a special cause. You should be here.”

“We’re thrilled to bring the Platinum selling artist to the Golden Isles to perform,” said Davis Love III, Tournament Host, 21-time PGA TOUR winner and 2016 U.S. Ryder Cup Captain. “He is a fantastic performer and one of Georgia’s own. There’s no doubt he’ll be performing before a sell-out crowd. This concert would not be possible without the support of Southeast Georgia Health System and RSM.”

“We are proud to be the Presenting Sponsor of this concert along with the tournament’s Youth Day activities, as well as the Official Medical Provider for this prestigious event,” said Michael D. Scherneck, President and CEO of Southeast Georgia Health System. “The RSM Classic is a world-class event that attracts visitors to our beautiful Golden Isles and we are happy to partner with the Davis Love Foundation on an event that has such a positive impact on our community.”

Swindell, who studied marketing at Georgia Southern, recently earned his fifth consecutive No. 1 single with “You Should Be Here.” Co-written by Swindell and Ashley Gorley, the song was No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart for four weeks (tally of digital streams, radio airplay and sales) and held multi-week runs on top of both country airplay charts. In addition to selling over 550,000 copies, “You Should Be Here” has racked up over 30 million streams and more than 15 million Youtube views. The single follows Swindell’s first four consecutive singles as a solo artist (including his latest Gold-certified No. 1 smash “Let Me See Ya Girl,” along with Platinum-certified mega hits “Hope You Get Lonely Tonight,” “Ain’t Worth The Whiskey” and “Chillin’ It”) and marks his eighth overall as a songwriter.

Tickets are limited and can be purchased at www.rsmclassic.com.

king-prince-flyer-nov-2016Paint & Play at The King and Prince Resort: Tuesday, November 22nd , 2016 
Enjoy the view of the sunset while you create your own masterpiece! This price is $59 and includes wine, appetizers and all art supplies. To register for this event, please go to http://www.getyourmuseon.com/ or call 912- 268-5967. Space is limited and reservations are required. 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Thanksgiving Buffet at The King and PrinceThanksgiving Buffet at King and Prince: November 24th, 2016

Adults $69; Children ages 6-12 $25; Children 5 and under no charge
Prices include Coffee, Decaf, Hot Tea and Iced Tea
Reservations required – call 912-268-5967

Brunswick Tree Lighting FestivalBrunswick Christmas Tree Lighting Festival: November 25th, 2016

Annual Tree Lighting the Friday after Thanksgiving, Downtown Brunswick Machen Square East near Cunningham’s Jewelers on Newcastle Street, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Join us for Christmas carols and carriage rides!