January 2020 Events in the Golden Isles

METHODIST MUSEUM ANNUAL NATIVITIES DISPLAY: NOW – JANUARY 31, 2020

Moore Methodist Museum’s Annual Nativities Display is open Monday – Saturday 10 am – 4 pm in December and January.  The Museum’s extensive international collection of beautiful nativities is currently on exhibit in the Rotunda, 100 Arthur J. Moore Drive, St. Simons Island. Nativities for sale are available in the Museum’s Christian Gift Shop and Book Store.  Admission to the Museum and Nativities Display is free.  For more information, call 912-638-4050 or visit www.mooremethodistmuseum.com.

Arthur J. Moore Methodist Museum & Library: 100 Arthur Moore Drive, St. Simons Island, GA 31522.

FIRST FRIDAY IN HISTORIC DOWNTOWN BRUNSWICK: JANUARY 3, 2020

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.

Signature Squares of Brunswick: Newcastle Street, Brunswick, GA 31520. For more info, call (912) 265-4032.

JEKYLL ISLAND BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL: JANUARY 3 – 4, 2020

The 44th Annual Bluegrass Festival features award winning bluegrass and the excellence shaped and molded over 4 plus decades. The shows are held in the comfort of the beautiful Convention Center off the coast of a breath taking view of the Atlantic Ocean. If you have never been there, please consider experiencing it with us.

Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, The Malpass Brothers, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, The Gibson Brothers, Mc Sherry Boyd and more.

Jekyll Island Convention Center: 75 North Beachview Dr., Jekyll Island, GA 31527. For more info, click here or visit here.

THE ISLAND PLAYERS | DROP DEAD: JANUARY 3, 2020 – JANUARY 19, 2020

An odd-ball cast of has-been actors try to revive their careers in Drop Dead!, a potboiler murder mystery under the direction of the “Wonder Child of Broadway”, Victor Le Pewe.

At the dress rehearsal, the set falls, props break, and a murder occurs. But the show must go on! During the opening night performance, the murders continue. The remaining thespians must save the show and their careers, solve the mystery, and stay alive for curtain call. Directed by Gregory Santoro.

Play Dates: January 3-5, 10-12,1 7-19.  Fri-Sat: 7:30 pm; Sun matinee- 3:00 pm. The Island Players: 530 Beachview Drive, St. Simons Island, GA 31522.

THE ARTWORK OF CATHERINE DURRETT: JANUARY 3, 2020 – JANUARY 31, 2020

Catherine Durrett was born in Atlanta, Georgia, to artist parents Barbara McFadyen and Joe Durrett. Traveling and living across America with her brother, Catherine was exposed to an inspiring, complex cross section of people with their everyday joys and struggles. Along the way, her parents’ artwork – bold, colorful serigraphs and detailed ‘pen and ink’ etchings – helped shape Catherine’s emerging style.

Ms. Durrett honed her artistic skills at Portland Art Museum School, Atlanta College of Art, Art Institute of Atlanta, NYC School of Visual Arts, NYC Pratt Phoenix and private tutoring. She has worked in various fields including model making for television and print ads; 2-D animation for an interactive educational CD; architectural photography; and commercial illustration. Her own business, *Pena Haku, includes murals, faux treatments, trompe l’oeil and paintings. Catherine has enjoyed group and solo shows in New York City; published art in Jezebel magazine in Atlanta, Georgia; and painted four panels for the original AIDS Quilt hanging in the White House.

Back in the Golden Isles, Catherine continues art locally. She is contributing to The Mural Project in downtown Brunswick, has designed and painted sets at The Ritz Theatre, and does business and residential specialty painting in the area. For more information and art go to CathyDurrett.com.

Historic Ritz Theatre: 1530 Newcastle St., Corner of F Street, Brunswick, GA 31520. For more info, call (912) 262-6934, email info@goldenislesarts.org or click here. 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

CAULIFLOWER POWER: JANUARY 4, 2020

Cauliflower is considered by many to be one of the healthiest foods on Earth. It is a versatile veggie that can be dressed up in many ways. Join and learn more about these cauliflower-centric ideas. The best part is you will get to taste them all:

        • Cauliflower Pizza Crust
        • Cauliflower Rice
        • Cauliflower Gratin
        • Buffalo Cauliflower

Recipe Cards included. $55.00 person. Limited Seating. Pre-purchase your tickets online www.goldenislesoliveoil.com or call the store 912-602-9736 to reserve your spot today.

Golden Isles Olive Oil: 306 Redfern Village, St. Simons Island, GA 31522.

POLAR PLUNGE: JANUARY 4, 2020

How brave are you? Take a dip in the icy waters of the Neptune Park Fun Zone Pool to find out. This free event has been a favorite for thrill seekers for the past 5 years.

Gates will open at 11:30 and the plunge is at 12:00 noon. There will be hot chocolate to warm you up after your chilly dip.

Neptune Park Fun Zone: 550 Beachview Drive, St. Simons Island, GA 31522

CINEMA GOURMET | THE MAGIC FLUTE: JANUARY 9, 2020

Cinema Gourmet, Golden Isles Arts & Humanities’ popular series pairing delicious food with classic films, continues Thursday, January 9, 2020 with the 1975 film version of Mozart’s opera, The Magic Flute.  The film’s screening and discussion are paired with the culinary delights of Chef Judah Lynch and Indigo Coastal Shanty. The evening’s events begin with delicious food at 6:30 p.m.

This scintillating screen version of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s beloved opera is directed by Ingmar Bergman and showcases his deep knowledge of music and gift for expressing it cinematically. A celebration of love and forgiveness that exhibits a profound appreciation for the artifice and spectacle of the theater, The Magic Flute is among the most exquisite opera films ever made.

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 The Magic Flute is midnight on Monday, January 6th.  Tickets are $18 and can be purchased by phone with a credit card or in person at the Ritz Theatre, Tuesdays through Fridays 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.  Tickets may also be purchased securely online at www.goldenislesarts.org.  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.

Full moon viewing at ECHO on St. Simons Island, GAMOONRISE AT ECHO: JANUARY 10, 2020

Make plans to appreciate Mother Nature’s beauty with front row seats as the Full Moon rises up over the Atlantic Ocean while enjoying food + drink specials at ECHO – St. Simons’ only oceanfront restaurant.

ECHO: 201 Arnold Rd., St. Simons Island, GA 31522. For more info, call (912) 268-5967 or click here.

MEET THE AUTHOR | CLAIRE COOK: JANUARY 11, 2020

The Literary Guild of St. Simons Island Meet the Author Series presents Never Too Late: New Year Reinvention Workshop with Claire Cook. Join reinvention expert, Claire, as she shares what she has learned on her journey that might help you on your own.  She is the author of Must Love Dogs and has been featured on the Today Show.

Saturday, January 11, 10 a.m. to noon. St. Simons Casino Room 108. Free to Guild members; $10 to non-members. Please make a reservation here. PLEASE CANCEL IF UNABLE TO ATTEND. Books will be sold by GJFord Bookshop.

LITERARY GUILD FILM SERIES | THE WANDERER: JANUARY 15, 2020

The Literary Guild of St. Simons Island Film Series presents The Wanderer: A Film Presentation with Tyler Bagwell. In 1858, luxury yacht “Wanderer” transported captives from the Congo River to Jekyll Island. Before the journey, a Savannah slave owner covertly purchased the yacht to transport enslaved Africans to Georgia.  “Viewers will learn about an important Coastal Georgia event and how it shaped our community,” says Bagwell. ”Today, descendants of Wanderer captives reside on St. Simons Island, Brunswick and Darien.”

Wednesday, January 15, 7:00 p.m. St. Simons Casino Theater. Free, but a $3 donation is requested to help defray costs.

20TH ANNUAL ST. SIMONS LAND TRUST OYSTER ROAST: JANUARY 18, 2020

Join for the Land Trust’s 20th Annual Oyster Roast! Enjoy Food and Drinks from more than 50 local restaurants and vendors. Music by Michael Hulett. 5 to 8 pm at Gascoigne Bluff.

All Proceeds from the Oyster Roast help to manage and maintain the more than 1,000 acres in our trust and help to fulfill our Mission of preserving and protecting the natural and scenic character of St. Simons for present and future generations.

Tickets on Sale Now!
Non-Member Price  — $85 per person
Member Price — $60 per person*

Click here to purchase your tickets now. If you are unsure of your membership status, please call 912.638.9109 or email rkitchen@sslt.org

Note:  Heavy rain or severe weather conditions will cancel the event. (Light or scattered showers will not dampen the spirits of our volunteers and vendors, and the event will remain a “go!”)

A TASTE OF GLYNN 2020: JANUARY 19, 2020

When the Golden Isles’ best chefs and caterers gather at The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort for the 20th annual A Taste of Glynn on January 19, 2020, it will be an evening full of the area’s finest food, great music, and a silent auction full of treasures. All proceeds support Glynn Community Crisis Center which provides comprehensive services to victims of doemstic violence and their children. Its shelter, Amity House, provides safe emergency shelter and operates a 24-hour crisis hotline 912.264.HELP (912.264.4357), Other services include a children’s program, transitional living program, housing assistance program, outreach advocacy for non-sheltered clients, and domestic violence prevention education.

While A Taste of Glynn guests sample the best of the best from the area’s lively food culture, enjoy live music, and cast votes for their favorite dishes in a beautiful oceanfront setting one memorable night each year, they are also making a difference in the lives of others. Each ticket purchased supports survivors as they move forward to live a new life free from abuse and enjoy a safe dinner every night.

The King and Prince Beach & Golf Resort: 201 Arnold Road, St. Simons Island, GA 31522. For more info, call (912) 264-1348, email atasteofglynn@att.net, or click here. 5:00 PM To 8:00 PM

SOUND BITES | OUT FROM BEHIND: JANUARY 21, 2020

Three trombones and a tuba entertain with some low brass. Reception follows performance. Tickets $45.

Thrive at Frederica: 3615 Frederica Rd, St. Simons Island, GA 31522. 7:00 PM. $45. For more info, click here.

CABARET 2020: JANUARY 24, 2020

Returning to The Cloister on January 24th, Cabaret will celebrate an era of exuberance, elegance, and lavish frivolity with A GATSBY GALA. This incandescent evening will recreate “the era of wonderful nonsense” when everything was fun and new. Glamour was ‘in’ as it will be again for this one dazzling evening in the Cloister Ballroom as the Jordan Gilman Septet entertains us with familiar songs ranging from the Jazz Age to today’s modern jazz.

For information, contact Sharon Flores at 912-223-6755 or click here. Coastal Symphony of Georgia: PO Box 21733, St. Simons Island, GA 31522. 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM

ANNUAL BRUNSWICK ROCKIN’ STEWBILEE: JANUARY 25, 2020

Get ready for the annual Brunswick Rockin’ Stewbilee at Mary Ross Waterfront Park. Each year, cooking teams from near and far compete to see who has the best stew, competing for the Peoples’ Choice and Judges’ Award.

      • 9:00 AM: Motor Cycle Ride
      • 10:00 AM: Live Music – Pier Pressure
      • 10:15 AM: Pooch Parade
      • 12:15 PM: Live Music – 3 Day Weekend
      • 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM: Brunswick Rockin’ Stew Tasting

There are many exciting activities this year, like: Pooch Parade, Classic & Antique Car Show, Live Entertainment, Stew Tasting Contest, Kids Station and so much more!

BARK IN THE PARK: JANUARY 25, 2020

Bring your puppers and doggos out to Fort Frederica for a fun canine-themed event! There will be activities, contests, a parade and the opportunity to see as many cute dogs as you can handle!

Fort Frederica National Monument: 6515 Frederica Road, St. Simons Island, GA 31522. For more info, including times + schedule updates, click here.

LOVE AND OBSESSION WITH CARMEN: JANUARY 26, 2020

Golden Isles Arts & Humanities is pleased to present the return of Peach State Opera with their production of Carmen on Sunday, January 26, 2019 at 3 pm at the Historic Ritz Theatre in downtown Brunswick.

The gypsy Carmen is a free spirit who follows her whims and desires, intoxicating and entertaining those around her but often leaving chaos in her wake. So when the meek but handsome soldier Don José crosses Carmen’s path, it seems that he will eventually join the ranks of forlorn men whom Carmen has loved and then discarded. However, as José becomes obsessed with her, forsaking his fiancée and his career to pursue Carmen through the city of Seville and even treacherous mountain passes, the question emerges: “Who is more dangerous?”

Don’t miss the opportunity to see opera live at the Ritz Theatre!  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 information, call (912) 262-6934.

LIVE MUSIC AT ECHO: EACH WEEKEND

Enjoy live music at ECHO most Thursdays – Saturdays. The line up changes weekly so be sure to visit the event calendar at The King and Prince events for details.

*It’s worth noting that ECHO also has Happy Hour daily from 4-7pm; 7 days a week, 365 days a year!

PRIME RIB DINNER AT ECHO: EVERY FRIDAY

Come try our specialty prime rib on Friday nights from 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM. 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 ECHO Restaurant specials. To make reservations call 912-268-5967.

SUNDAY BRUNCH AT ECHO: EVERY SUNDAY

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.

Weekly – 11:30 am to 3:00 pm. 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. For more information, visit ECHO Restaurant.