January 2018 Events in the Golden Isles

bluegrass 42nd Annual New Year’s Bluegrass Festival: Thursday 4th to Saturday 6th, January 2018

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.

Ticket Prices:
3 Day Ticket (adult): $95/reserved, $90/general admission
3 Day Ticket (children): $50/reserved, $45/general admission
1 Day Ticket (adult): $45/reserved, $40/general admission
1 Day Ticket (children): $25/reserved, $20/general admission
Children 6 and under: FREE with parent
Order tickets online here. For more info, call 706-864-7203.

kevin_pullin_studio_2Kevin Pullen Exhibit: Thursday, January 4th, 2018 – 5:00pm to 7:00pm

Kevin Pullen will be opening Glynn Visual Arts 2018 exhibition season with a one man show titled “Change Agent”. The opening reception will be January 4th, 2018 from 5:30 p.m to 7:00 p.m. and the exhibit will be housed at our Portman Gallery at 106 Island Drive, St Simons Island, GA.
The exhibit will focus on people and events that were agents for change. Kevin uses historical events as inspirations for his work. When asked why he focused on history for his subject matter he said “It is our human successes and failures that act as change agents and shape us for a world of exciting challenges. I use art to tell these stories and bring them to life. “
In conjunction with this exhibit, Kevin will be teaching a two-day sculpture workshop at Glynn Visual Arts, January 27th and 28th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For additional information about the exhibit or the workshop, visit www.glynnvisualarts.org or call Glynn Visual arts at 912-638-8770.

Kevin Pullen is currently the artist in residence at Coastal College of Georgia and a broadcast/video instructor for Golden Isles Career Academy. To learn more about Kevin and to see more of his work, visit here.

AnnMarieDalisExhibitAnn Marie Dalis Exhibit: Friday 5th to Sunday 28th, January 2018

Be inspired by the work of local artist Ann Marie Dalis when her new exhibit Nature opens on First Friday, January 5, 2018 with a reception from 5-8 pm.

Observing nature has been a fascination for Ann Marie Dalis her entire life. Drawing, painting and sculpting low reliefs in clay is the focus of this exhibition. The show is a collection of scientific illustrative works and whimsical art. Since she was five years old, Dalis has painted in watercolor and her work in clay began in college. Painting in acrylics has introduced more vibrancy into her work. All three media are used to express impressions of Mother Nature.

Nature will be on display from January 5– 28, 2018 and can be seen Tuesday -Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. or by appointment or during events. For more information about the exhibit or to find complete details about upcoming shows, including Cinema Gourmet, Aquila Theatre and Peach State Opera, contact Golden Isles Arts and Humanities at (912) 262-6934 or email info@goldenislesarts.org.

neptune_park_fun_zone_web_sizeAnnual Polar Bear Plunge: Saturday, January 6th, 2018 – 11:30am to 12:30pm

How brave are you? Are you brave enough to dive into the icy waters of the Neptune Fun Zone Pool in January? This is a free event for anyone daring enough to take the plunge. Come register beginning at 11:30 a.m. and there will be a countdown until plunge time at 12:00 noon on January 6, 2018.

We love wacky costumes, so come dressed up, or come as you are! For more info, call the Glynn County Rec Department at 912-279-2836.

website_listing_photo_shell_005-recovered_flavored_water_exhibitFlavored Water Art Exhibit: Thursday, January 11th, 2018 – 5:00pm to 7:00pm

ArtTrends Gallery on St. Simons Island is excited to announce its first guest artist of 2018. Artist Bonnie Rabert will present her new work in an exhibit entitled “Flavored Water”, which will run from January 9 through February 10.

This exhibit reflects the many watercolor techniques that the artist applies to portray her subjects. She will demonstrate a few of these during the Opening Reception on Thursday, January 11 from 5-7 pm.

Bonnie Rabert states, “When I decided to paint in watercolors, many people said it was the hardest medium. As a retired Food Stylist for photography, I was used to challenges. I wanted to pursue a looser form of art and have studied with several teachers to learn the beauty and mysteries of the medium to portray food, flowers, koi and scenes.” The public is cordially invited to view this special exhibit, along with new works for the New Year by the nine artists of ArtTrends Gallery, “the gallery with the orange door”, located at 3305 Frederica Road, St. Simons Island. For more info, please contact ArtTrends Gallery at 912-268-4761.

gi_hospitality_meeting_graphic_smInaugural Golden Isles Hospitality Celebration: Thursday, January 11th, 2018 – 5:30pm to 9:30pm

Please mark your calendars for the Golden Isles Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Inaugural Golden Isles Hospitality Celebration! Join us the evening of Thursday, January 11 at Sea Island as we celebrate and honor the largest industry in the Golden Isles and all those who are a part of our tourism family. It will be a fun evening filled with dinner, drinks, live music and recognition for those who go above and beyond in our industry.

Be a part of the first-ever Golden Isles Tourism Awards by nominating an employee, colleague, business or organization that has significantly influenced and impacted the Golden Isles hospitality industry and community as a whole. Award categories include Lifetime Achievement Award, Partner of the Year Award, Creative Expression Award, Best Impression Award, Rising Star Award, Behind the Scenes Award, Community Spirit Award, and Shared Vision Award. Learn more about the awards and submission process by clicking here. Deadline for submissions is December 22, 2017.

Tables and individual seats are available for reservation. Please contact Tomee Sellars to reserve your space now. For more info, call 912-638-9014.

website_listing_photo_shell_005-recovered_0_MonOncleCinema Gourmet Presents Mon Oncle: Thursday, January 11th, 2018 – 6:30pm to 9:00pm

Cinema Gourmet, Golden Isles Arts and Humanities’ popular series pairing delicious food with classic films, continues on Thursday, January 11, 2018 with the Academy Award Best Foreign film, Mon Oncle, directed and starring Jacques Tati. The film’s screening and discussion are paired with the culinary delights of Chef Judah Lynch of Indigo Coastal Shanty. The evening’s events begin with delicious food at 6:30 p.m.

Slapstick prevails in this 1958 comedy when Jacques Tati’s eccentric, old-fashioned hero, Monsieur Hulot, is set loose in the oppressively ultramodern home of his brother-in-law, and in the antiseptic plastic hose factory where he gets a job. Tati plays the uncle of the title, whose sister is married to Monsieur Arpel, a plastics manufacturer. The Arpels live in a white horror of hygienic perfection, with a pristine yard, and an arsenal of gadgets. Bringing disorder into this cold, soulless place, with its forbidding gate and garden, Hulot delights his nephew with his aptitude for accidents. Mon Oncle is a supremely amusing satire of mechanized living and consumer society that earned the director the Academy Award for best foreign-language film.

Fueled by a love for classic movies and great food, Cinema Gourmet audiences have grown tremendously over the last several years. Because of the limited number of seats available for the food, talk and movie, audience members must purchase their tickets early. The deadline for buying tickets for Mon Oncle is midnight on Monday, January 8th. Tickets are $18 and can be purchased by phone with a credit card or in person at the Ritz Theatre, Tuesdays through Fridays 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tickets may also be purchased securely online here. Tickets for the talk and movie only may be purchased at the door the night of the screening for $7.

The Ritz Theatre is located at 1530 Newcastle St., in downtown Brunswick. For more information, click here or call (912) 262-6934.

website_listing_photo_shell_004_0_I_Hate_HamletThe Island Players Presents I Hate Hamlet: Friday 12th to Sunday 28th, January 2018

Set in John Barrymore’s old apartment in New York City – at the time, the author’s real life home – the play follows successful television actor Andrew Rally as he struggles with taking on the dream role of Hamlet, dealing with a girlfriend who is keeping a firm grip on her chastity, and playing host to the ghost of John Barrymore, clothed as Hamlet, has come back to earth for the sole purpose of convincing Rally to play the part. For more info, click here.

Jan. 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.
Matinees: Jan. 14, 21, 28, 2018 at 3 p.m


St. Simons Land Trust Oyster Roast: Saturday, January 13th, 2018 – 5:00pm to 8:00pm

The Land Trust is thrilled to announce that the 18th annual Oyster Roast has been scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Gascoigne Bluff.

This annual event is one that the SSLT team and members, along with the entire island community, look forward to each year. It is a night of food, fun and community, and none of it would be possible without the help of our volunteers, donors and sponsors. Last year’s event was a smashing success and we look forward to another fantastic evening!

Tickets are $85 for non-members, and $60 for members (through Jan. 5). We hope to see you there! For more info, click here or call 912-638-9109.


If you care about the world around you and want to do your part to make it a better place, you won’t want to miss this interactive weekend. OHM’s conference features two days – Saturday is a day to learn and be inspired; Sunday is a day to put our ideas into action! Join us Saturday at the Jekyll Island Convention Center for interactive workshops, coastal advocacy training, and inspirational speakers across five interactive tracks. On Sunday, we’ll go behind the scenes at nearby coastal destinations, participate in a dialogue about community needs, and plan coastal action projects with NEW half-day field trips! For more info, click here.

americasboatingclub-logotranssquareSeamanship Course: Monday, January 15th to Monday, February 19th, 2018

The Seamanship course is the next step after completing America’s Boating Course (ABC) or may be the first step into building boating confidence and competence for safe and fun on-the-water adventures for both power and sail.

  • When: January 15 through February 19 from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM (6-Mondays)
  • Where: University of GA Marine Extension (715 Bay Street, Brunswick, GA 31520)
  • Cost of Text:
    • $58.00 – for Golden Isles Sail and Power Squadron Members
    • $76.00 – for non-members
  • Registration and Questions: Registration Ends January 8
    • You may call or text Captain Paul Truelove at 410-703-2346, or register here.

awjones-3An Overview of Coastal Georgia History: January 16th to February 20th, 2018

Coastal Georgia Historical Society’s Senior Historian, Buddy Sullivan, will present a six-week history course, “An Overview of Coastal Georgia History,” which chronologically traces Georgia’s coastal history from Native American culture through 20th century events, including World War II. For more info, click here.

website_listing_photo_shell_005_harrington_schoolHarrington School Speaker Series: Tuesday, January 16th, 2018 – 5:30pm to 7:00pm

For our monthly Speaker Series, Kevin Kiernan, Ph.D. will give an interesting presentation on the education of African Americans on St. Simons during the Reconstruction Period. It should be very enlightening! 291 S. Harrington Road, St. Simons Island, GA 31522. For more info, click here or call 912-634-0330.

aq_austin206-copy-2_richard-termineJane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility: Friday, January 19th, 2018 – 8:00pm to 10:00pm

Golden Isles Arts & Humanities is pleased to host the Aquila Theatre from New York and present their innovative production of Jane Austen’s Sense & Sensibility on Friday, January 19, 2018 at 8 pm at the Historic Ritz Theatre.

Jane Austen is one of the most popular and beloved authors of all time and Sense & Sensibility is one her most popular novels. The characters live in a world in which choices are limited especially for the women.The story revolves around the lives of two sisters, Elinor who is level headed and full of sense, and the hopelessly romantic, Marinanne. After the untimely and unexpected death of their father, both sisters and their mother are forced to leave their comfortable lives while their half brother and his wife inherit the family estate. The only hope for these two sisters is a profitable marriage. Seduction, courtship, love, heartbreak and surprise abound in this classic romantic comedy.

Aquila Theatre’s mission is to make classical works accessible to the greatest number. They are a major part of New York’s theatrical landscape producing a regular season of plays along with their annual touring season of classical theatre. Artistic Director Desiree Sanchez has created a bold production that incorporates innovative use of space, movement, projection, design and sound.

Golden Isles Arts & Humanities and The Ritz Theatre will be hosting the company from January 12 through the 19th as they prepare for their winter tour. “We are thrilled to have Aquila here,” said Heather Heath, Executive Director. “We have had them here in the past and they always stage the highest quality productions. When they approached us about using the Ritz as a rehearsal space and offering to perform, we couldn’t turn that down. And who doesn’t love Jane Austen!”

This will be an exceptional evening of theatre; so don’t miss the opportunity to enter the world of Jane Austen with the Aquila Theatre’s production of Sense & Sensibility. The performance on January 19th is a benefit for Golden Isles Arts & Humanities and advance tickets for members are $20 and advance tickets for nonmembers are $25. Price increases $5 if tickets are purchased the day of the show. The cost for students (with ID) is only $5 each. For more info, click here.

website_listing_photo_shell_005_harrington_schoolHarrington School Sweetgrass Basket Sewing Class: Saturday, January 20th, 2018 – 11:00am to 2:00pm

The class will be taught at the Harrington School by Mr. Gregory Grant of Liberty County. Gregory is an expert in sweetgrass basket making in the Gullah Geechee tradition. The class is $100 and all supplies and equipment will be provided. You will also be able to take your creation home with you. Space is limited. Please call the Harrington School at (912) 638-0341 between Tuesday – Thursday 10-2pm to reserve your spot and make payment. For more info, click here.

website_listing_photo_shell_005_3_Historical_societyCoastal Georgia Historical Society’s Annual Meeting: Sunday, January 21st, 2018 – 3:00pm to 5:00pm

The Age of Jazz. The Age of Ambition. The 1920s were a time of glamour and wealth in New York City. The financial sector dominated the nation and the world. Arts and entertainment flourished, driven by media moguls, publishers, Broadway producers, musicians, architects and fashion designers. New York City became the cultural and commercial center of the country.

On Sunday, January 21 at the Coastal Georgia Historical Society’s Annual Meeting, author and historian Donald L. Miller, Ph.D., will examine this transformative decade in a lecture based on his critically acclaimed book Supreme City: How Jazz Age Manhattan Gave Birth to Modern America. His story is told against the background of Jimmy Walker’s mayoralty, when the dapper politician personified a period of glamour and excess. Jimmy Walker and his second wife Betty Compton, a former Ziegfeld Follies showgirl, visited Sea Island – perhaps when he considered himself the “goodwill ambassador for New York.”

Dr. Miller will discuss some of the ambitious men and women who flocked to New York during the 1920s and made their marks as visionaries and entrepreneurs in emerging industries such as radio, television, fashion, and entertainment. This diverse group of out-of-towners shaped the contours of 20th century America.

Best known for his books on military history, Dr. Miller has also focused on the social and urban history of modern America. In addition to being the John Henry MacCracken Professor of History at Lafayette College, he has hosted, co-produced, or served as historical consultant for more than thirty television documentaries, including PBS’s American Experience and A Biography of America. He is a co-founder and member of the Presidential Counselors Advisory Board for the National World War II Museum.

The meeting will be held Sunday, January 21, 2018 at 3 p.m. in The Cloister Ballroom on Sea Island. Society members attend the meeting and lecture free of charge. The cost for non-members is $25. Registration is required by clicking here or calling (912) 634-7090.

brunswickstewbileeposterAnnual Brunswick Rockin’ Stewbilee: Saturday, January 27th, 2018 – 9:00am to 2:00pm

Get ready for the annual Brunswick Rockin’ Stewbilee at Mary Ross Waterfront Park (Downtown Brunswick). 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. For more info, click here.

  • The motorcycle ride will begin at 9:00am.
  • The pooch parade will begin at 10:15am.
  • 3 Day Weekend will perform from 12:00pm to 2:00pm.
  • The Brunswick Stew tasting will take place from 11:00am to 2:00pm.

cin-4403-edit-2_2_peach_state_operaPeach State Opera Presents Cinderella: Sunday, January 28th, 2018 – 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Golden Isles Arts & Humanities is pleased to present the return of Peach State Opera and their production of Cinderella, Gioachino Rossini’s fairy tale opera on Sunday, January 28, 2018 at 3 pm at the Historic Ritz Theatre in downtown Brunswick.

Some of the details may be different (this version has a wicked stepfather, a philosopher in lieu of fairy godmother, and a bracelet instead of glass slipper), but in Rossini’s Cinderella, goodness and nobility of heart still triumph over greed and envy. Peach State Opera makes full use of the vocally acrobatic arias, buoyant ensembles, and comic touches that will delight both the young and the young-at-heart.

Considered by many as one of Rossini’s funniest operas, it still has a serious side to remind us that the happy ending to Cinderella’s story wasn’t just a gift from some benevolent fairy. On her journey from servant’s quarters to a princess’ throne, she faces some real dangers. In overcoming them, she displays a gentle and tolerant spirit, some profoundly adult insights — and the pluck and courage to defy everyone who stands in her way.

Peach Sate Opera, a touring company that brings opera to communities across Georgia and beyond was founded in 2009. The organization’s guiding principle is that all audiences deserve access to opera and that the opera world needs a place where emerging artists can express themselves. All their performances are condensed family-friendly versions and are performed in English.

Don’t miss the opportunity to see opera live at the Ritz with Peach State Opera’s production of Cinderella on Sunday, January 28th at 3 pm. Advance tickets for Golden Isles Arts & Humanities members are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors. Advance tickets for nonmembers are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors (age 65 and up). Price increases $5 if tickets are purchased the day of the show. The cost for students (with ID) is always $5 each. To purchase advance tickets, click here, or visit the Ritz Theatre box office, 1530 Newcastle St., Tuesdays – Fridays 9 am to 5 pm. For more info, call (912) 262-6934.

Live Music at ECHOEnjoy Live Music at ECHO: Every Weekend
Visit the event calendar here for details.

Prime Rib Dinner at ECHOPrime 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.

Sunday Brunch at ECHOSunday Brunch at ECHO: Every Sunday – 12:30 p.m. to 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.



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