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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
Saturday, December 3 (10:00am – 5:00pm)
Sunday, December 4 (10:00am – 4:00pm)
For more information on this year’s festivities, please email: firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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/
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 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.