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Have You Ever Noticed the Chalk Art at ECHO?

Friday, March 10th, 2017

Kelsey, one of the servers at ECHO, has a total knack for chalk art. Seriously. Her talent will make you question your ability to draw! It’s hard to believe that she free-hands everything mainly using regular chalk (and sometimes liquid chalk).  With her attention to detail, each board takes about an average of 8 hours to complete. Check out a sample of the incredible artwork that we get to be in awe of daily:

Let’s start with the basics first. Look how straight those lines are! We all know writing in a straight line is almost impossible. Nope. Not if you’re Kelsey.

Labor Day Menu Art

Straight lines: check. Now let’s add some logos…
Game Day Collage

Lines & logos were a piece of cake. What if we make fancy letters, and maybe really give them some character?
Summertime Menu Art

Fancy letters: got it. Take a look at that bottle, it’s even pouring some cleverly chosen words such as “Family”, “fun”, “sun”, and “trip”. Creativity: on point. Wonder what happens if we try adding decorations and maybe animals? Hold on to your hat.Holiday Collage

Extra fancy letters: skill level = ninja. Animals: done. More drawing….and of course straight writing. Let’s practice our details on a palm tree. Nailed it! Tree details: now added to skill set.
Palm Tree Collage

Let’s see what we can do with those tree skills. Look at the Christmas board. First notice the decorative writing and ornaments and think, “Wow! That’s pretty crafty!”…then start zooming in. Wait, is that another tree? Yep. And with so much detail that it even looks furry!  Douglas Fir: mastered.
Christmas Menu Collage

Let’s circle back to the animals. LOOK AT THAT TURKEY!!! You could seriously animate a cartoon. (But still, note how straight those words are!)Turkey Collage

With so much talent flowing through ECHO, both inside and outside of the kitchen, we wanted to take a minute and give a nod to our resident Queen of Cartoons and Countess of Chalk, Kelsey. Next time you’re in town, drop by and see our latest masterpiece at ECHO. And if you bump into Kelsey while you’re here, make sure you give her a High 5! Unless her hands are chalky, in which case a simple “Good Job” will do.

March 2017 Events in the Golden Isles

Friday, February 24th, 2017

Tom Sweeney Exhibit at Palm CoastTom Sweeney Exhibit at Palm Coast: Saturday, February 4th to Saturday, April 15th, 2017

All are cordially invited to visit local award winning photographer Tom Sweeney’s exhibit at the Palm Coast Café. The café is located at 318 Mallery Street in St. Simons Village. The show will begin Friday February 3rd and run until April 15th. The show consists of many Golden Isles scenes and locations. Among the photographs are two award winners shown below. The Driftwood Beach Sunrise was voted Best of Show in the 2016 Jekyll Art Festival. Tom enjoys capturing the feeling of the local scenes as well as the many colors depending on that days light. Enjoy.

 

Cannon's Point History ToursCannon’s Point History Tours: Friday, March 3rd, 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 March 3. 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.

 

First Friday in Historic Downtown BrunswickFirst Friday in Historic Downtown Brunswick: March 3rd, 2017

Kick off the first weekend of the month on Newcastle Street from 5 – 8pm at First Friday in Historic Downtown Brunswick.

 

The Island Players Presents Is He DeadThe Island Players Presents Is He Dead: Friday 3rd to Sunday 19th, March 2017

The Island Players presents a new comedy by Mark Twain adapted by David Ives “Is He Dead?”

Performances: March 3, 4, 10, 11, 17, 18 at 7:30pm
Matinees: March 5, 12, 19 at 3:00pm

Adults: $20; College Students and Active Military: $10; Students (18 and under): $5

Tickets may be purchased at the theatre on the day of the performance, or on the website.

Director: David Butler; Producer: Richard Elichuk

 

Randy SiegelChrist Church Retreat Featuring Randy Siegel: Saturday, March 4th, 2017 – 9:00am to 4:00pm

In preparation for the Lenten Season, historic Christ Church will offer “En-ONE-Ment,” a day-long retreat, on Saturday, March 4th. The event is from 9:00am to 4:00pm, featuring Amazon best-selling author Randy Siegel. In this fast-paced, interactive workshop, participants will explore seven selves and three psycho-spiritual paths that help bring us into closer union with ourselves, others, the natural world, and the divine. Through dialog, journaling, group and individual exercises, participants will determine those paths most relevant to their lives now, as well as consider a personal spiritual practice to assist them on their journey. The cost is $25 which includes lunch and a copy of Randy Siegel’s book “In Search of The One.” For more information and to register, please call Christ Church at 912-638-8683.

 

Red Hot Rotary Chili CookoffRed Hot Rotary Chili Cookoff: Saturday, March 4th, 2017 – 11:30am to 2:00pm

A day of spicy fun for the entire family, Rotary of the Golden Isles, annual fundraising event with the best of the best competing for the title of Chili Master. Music will be provided by the Stringrays.

Tickets available in advance are $5 and $8 at the gate ($3 for ages 10 and under). Make sure to hold onto your spoon and dole out your tickets before the bell! Tickets can be purchased at Brogen’s North and South, GoFish, The Club, St. Simons Drug, The Brunswick News and Tipsy McSway’s. Neptune Park: 110 Mallery Street,  St. Simons Island, GA 31522

 

Georgia Elvis Festival 2017Georgia Elvis Festival: Thursday 9th to Sunday 12th, March 2017

The Georgia Elvis Festival will return to the Ritz Theater in Brunswick, GA in 2017 with two Las Vegas-Style Headline shows and a preliminary to the 2016 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest in Memphis.

The seaside community of Brunswick, Georgia is an ideal location to start the Elvis festival season. Stroll through the beautiful downtown and see all the storefront windows decorated with Elvis memorabilia. With outdoor events waterside in Mary Ross Park and Tribute Artists performing outside in Brunswick’s signature squares throughout the weekend, the Georgia Elvis Festival is packed with entertainment. There are a number of great restaurants downtown, all within walking distance to the theater, and with low hotel room rates, it’s one of the least expensive Elvis events to attend.

And once again we are proud to present the very best Elvis Tribute Artists in the world! Friday nights show stars 2015 Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist, and 2014 Georgia Elvis Festival Champion, David Lee. Saturday nights show stars Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist, and star of Elvis ’56, Cody Ray Slaughter. Last years Champion Di Light, Georgia Elvis Festival’s first non-professional winner Austin Irby and Brunswick favorite Travis Powell will also appear throughout the weekend.

So don’t miss a great Elvis weekend with your friends and family. Details here. The festival is produced by Sherry Management, LLC as part of the ElvisFestival.com series of events, licensed by Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc.

 

 

Cannon's Point History ToursCannon’s Point History Tours: Friday, March 10th, 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 March 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 saintsimonslighthouse.org to register, or call 912-634-7090 for assistance.

 

Southern Grown Farmers MarketSouthern Grown Farmers Market: Saturday, March 11th, 2017 – 10:00am to 2:00pm

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

The Market at Sea Island: 351 Sea Island Road,  St. Simons Island, GA 31522. 912-634-3994

 

 

Moonrise Party at ECHOMoonrise Party at ECHO: Saturday 11th to Monday 13th, March 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. ECHO. 101 Downing Dr., St. Simons Island, GA 31522

 

Annual Spring Invitational Art ShowAnnual Spring Invitational Art Show: Saturday 18th to Sunday 19th, March 2017

Annual Spring Invitational Art & Craft Show Postell Market/Postell Park Pier Village, St. Simons Island. 912-230-1042

10:00 am to 5:00 pm both on Saturday and Sunday. Showcasing all of your favorite local and regional artists!

christ_church_tour_of_homes64th Annual Christ Church Tour of Homes: Saturday March 18th, 2017 – 10:00am to 5:00pm

Christ Church, Frederica and her sister parish, St Ignatius welcome you to beautiful St Simons and Sea Island for the Annual Tour of Homes hosted by the Episcopal Church Women. Your presence today enables us to reach out in tangible ways to the needs of our community. The proceeds of this Tour are dedicated to mission and outreach and we appreciate your presence and support.

TO TOUR SEA ISLAND HOMES YOU MUST PARK YOUR CAR AT GASCOIGNE TO CATCH THE SHUTTLE BUS. The last shuttle bus departure for Sea Island leaves Gascoigne Bluff at 3:00 p.m. to allow adequate time to tour these beautiful homes. We recommend that you allow a minimum of two hours to tour the Sea Island homes.

Tickets for the Tour of Homes may be purchased online (link below) or at one of the following outlets: Antiques, Etc., Christ Church, Cloister Collection, H&H Lifestyles, Jekyll Realty, Maggie’s Boutique, Ned Cash & Associates Jewelers, Roberta’s, St. Simons Drug Store, Tabby House, Viola’s Market.

For details about each stop, click here.

 

 

Jewish Food and Culture FestivalJewish Food and Culture Festival: Sunday, March 19th, 2017 – 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Historic Temple Beth Tefilloh, with the help of Tipsy McSway’s Restaurant, will hold its annual Jewish Food and Culture festival Sunday, March 19, 2016 from 12:00-4:00pm in the Jekyll Squares off Newcastle Street in downtown Brunswick.

The entire community is invited to learn more about the Jewish culture by experiencing the music, ceremonies, and, in particular, the delicious traditional food.

Temple members will sell varieties of tasty foods and drinks. There will be activities for children, Israeli dancing and a raffle. Proceeds will go to the 125+ year old temple’s restoration and building fund.

Atlanta’s Marlatov Klezmer Trio, featuring Marla Feeney, will provide traditional Eastern European music during the festival. We look forward to seeing everyone at this fabulous fun event. 912-265-7575. Admission to the festival is free.

Dave BennettDave Bennett: Roots of Pop: Sunday, March 19th, 2017 – 3:00pm to 5:00pm

One of the only artists saluting the Roots of Pop, Dave Bennett and his band covers music from the swing era and Rock-n-Roll to country, Elvis and the Beatles. A virtuoso clarinetist, Dave will wow the audience with this vocals, piano and guitar skills as well. Historic Ritz Theatre 1530 Newcastle St., Corner of F Street,  Brunswick, GA 31520 Phone: 912-262-6934

 

Wings Over the Golden Isles AirshowWings Over the Golden Isles Airshow: Friday 24th to Sunday 26th, March 2017

We are so excited having this opportunity of bringing an air show event to Brunswick’s Golden Isles, re-kindling fond memories of the former NAS Glynco base that was closed in 1974. JLC AirShow Management has assembled some of the world’s best performers, teams and special guests from across our great nation to participate in the inaugural 2017 Wings Over Golden Isles air show and Smoke-n-Thunder Concert Series.

It’s our pleasure to welcome to Brunswick our 2017 air show headliners — The “Royal Canadian Snowbirds” Jet Demonstration Squadron along with the Souther Rock Band “.38 Special” performing Saturday evening.

Performers: USN Blue Angels, AeroShell Aerobatic Team, USSOCOM Para- Commandos, Mike Wiskus- Lucas Oil Airshows, Bob Carlton & Vertigo Air Shows, Patty Wagstaff, Buck Roetman- Wild Horse Aviation, Jim Tobul F4U Corsair Demo, Scott Yoak P-51D Mustang Demo, Smoke-n-Thunder Jet Show, Sky Soldiers Cobra Demo, Ladies for Liberty, Michael Goulian Aerosports, Jerry Kerby Wild Blue Air Shows.

For more information, please visit: http://wingsovergoldenisles.com/. 706-291-0030

Golden Isles Community Band

Surf and Turf: The Music of Land and Sea: Friday, March 24th, 2017 – 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Golden Isles Community Band Presents Surf and Turf – The Music of Land and Sea
Friday, March 24, 2017. 7:00pm . Concert is free and open to the public.
Brunswick High Auditorium. 3885 Altama Avenue, Brunswick, GA 31520

One Hundred Miles Eco Tour

One Hundred Miles Eco Tour: Sunday, March 26th, 2017 – 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Grab your friend or family member and join us for a sunset paddle through our coast’s scenic “Marshes of Glynn.” Stretch your sea legs on kayaks or standup paddle boards.
Leaving from the SEA’s private Brunswick Boathouse Dock, they’ll explore the lovely 3 Dolphin Creek and the mysterious ‘Turtle Town’ at low tide while keeping an eye out for surfacing resident bottlenose dolphins and other native species.

Reserve your spot and buy tickets online today. Thank you for helping us protect our coast for generations to come!
$40 for members and $50 for nonmembers. Trip is limited to 15 participants. 912-264-4111

 

Live Music at ECHOEnjoy Live Music at ECHO every weekend: visit the event calendar here for details.

 

Prime Rib Dinner St Simons IslandPrime 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.


Bottomless Mimosas St Simons IslandSunday 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.

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

Wednesday, 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

Tuesday, 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

Friday, 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.

 

art_of_foodArt of Food: Sunday, February 19th, 2017 – 5:00pm to 9:00pm

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

Tuesday, 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

Wednesday, 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

Friday, 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

Friday, 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

Tuesday, 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.